SURGERY SERVICES IN CENTRAL & SOUTHEAST IOWA
Nationally Recognized & Award-Winning Care
Our specialist surgery team at Mahaska Health are well-versed in the latest surgical procedures and technologies, and are equipped to work with your entire family with skill, care and compassion. Their disciplines include ear/nose/throat (ENT), general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopaedics (bone and joint), podiatry (foot), ophthalmology (eye), urology.
Even when a procedure is strictly outpatient, such as mole removal or a colonoscopy, we know our patients appreciate having experienced and compassionate health professionals with them every step of the way.
Our General Surgery Team
Our Orthopaedic Surgery Team
Our Podiatry Team
Common Surgical Procedures
At Mahaska Health, our surgeons have years of experience performing surgical procedures of all kinds. However, the most common outpatient surgical procedures we perform at our campus in Oskaloosa are as follows:
• Tubal ligation
• Esophageal-reflux surgery
• Gallbladder removal
• Hernia repair
• Benign cyst removal
Bone and Joint
• Fracture Care
• Knee Arthroscopy
• Rotator Cuff repair
• Shoulder Arthroscopy
• Chemotherapy ports
• Skin cancer lesion removal
Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT)
• Ear Tubes
• Plantar Fascial Release (heel spurs)
• Toenail removal
• Rectocele repair
• Hemorrhoid removal
Limb and Skin
• Carpal tunnel release
• Wound Care
• Trigger finger release
• Cyst removal
• Skin and soft tissue lesion removal
• Mole removal
Throat and Chest
• Thyroid biopsy
The week before surgery at Mahaska Health, a Surgical Services staff member will call you to review a brief history of your past/present medical conditions, allergies and any medications you take, including prescribed and over-the-counter.
The night before surgery, plan to get a good night’s rest:
- Shower or bathe with soap while taking special care to clean the area where the procedure will be performed
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight. This includes food, chewing gum, coffee, water and mints. Failure to do this may cause your surgery to be delayed or cancelled
- Refrain from smoking, chewing tobacco and second hand smoke
- Take medications as directed with a small sip of water. Follow any specific guidelines as directed by your doctor
The morning of surgery:
- Arrange for transportation to and from the hospital from a family member or other adult.
- Do not wear makeup or nail polish. Contact lenses will be removed prior to surgery so bring your case.
- Leave all jewelry and valuables at home.
- Bring your insurance card and picture ID.
- Check in at the registration desk, located on the north side of the Mahaska Health campus, entrance #4. Campus Map
- Notify your doctor or nurse of any changes in your physical condition such as fever, chills, sore throat, new cough, diarrhea or urinary problems
- Blood test, X-rays or EKG (electrocardiogram) may be performed if ordered by your doctor
- A pregnancy test may be required
- Write down any questions you have and bring them with you the day of your surgery.
- An anesthetist will meet with you to:
- Review your medical information
- Sign the necessary consents
- Review current medications you are taking
- Discuss the type of anesthesia to be given
- Answer any questions or concerns you may have
During and After Surgery:
- Your family and friends will be shown to the spacious surgical visitor’s lounge, complete with vending machines and free coffee. Volunteers are available to communicate updates during your procedure and a consultation room is nearby where the surgeon will meet with your visitors after your operation.
- Once you are awake after surgery, you will be moved to recovery where you will be monitored before returning home.
Robotic Surgery at Mahaska Health
The surgeons at Mahaska Health often utilize a da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System. This equipment represents one of the most advanced surgical robots available.
Robotically-assisted surgeries are becoming the standard of care. The da Vinci robot is a great tool used by surgeons to treat patients in a minimally invasive way.