General Surgery
General Surgery

WMH General Surgeons

We Will Guide You through Your Operation

Though it is called general surgery, this is actually a type of surgical specialty. General surgeons are trained to perform operations on most of the body, with a particular emphasis on the abdominal region, endocrine system, skin, and esophagus. Their diverse training makes general surgeons prepared for most situations, and are often called in when surgery requires operation on more than one part of the body. Their understanding of various body parts and surgical techniques make them very adaptable, and they can treat a wide variety of diseases and conditions.

Our team realizes that surgery can be an intimidating experience. We take the time to guide our patients through every step of their operation and make sure they are fully prepared. At Wyandot Memorial Hospital, there will be someone to help you through the preoperative, operative, and postoperative stages of your surgery.

Preparing for Surgery

Different surgeries demand different things from patients. Though your surgeon and medical team will be handling most of the preparation, there are several things you can do on your end to ensure your operation will proceed as smoothly as possible.

What you can do to prepare for surgery:

  • Fast – Almost every surgical procedure requires patients to abstain from eating and drinking for up to 12 hours before the operation. This includes water, sucking on mints, and chewing gum. If you take medication that your doctor told you was okay to take before the operation, a small sip of water should be okay.
  • Pack lightly – You should bring only what you need when you come to the hospital. Dress in comfortable, loose-fitting clothes, keeping in mind that you will have a surgical wound after the operation. Do not bring valuables as we cannot guarantee their safety.
  • Bring ID & Insurance – Two things you should make sure to bring are your ID and insurance information. These will be important during check-in
  • Have someone who can drive you home – It is not recommended you drive yourself home after surgery. In fact, you will not be allowed to drive home for 24 hours if you receive anesthesia. If possible, you should also have someone stay with you overnight so they can help you with preparing meals and other tasks.
  • Ask questions – Do not be afraid to speak up. You have a right to know what surgery will involve and what to expect afterward. Remember that you have the final say in all of your healthcare decisions. If a surgery sounds too daunting, have your doctor explain why they think it is necessary before agreeing to it.

Our team will be by your side through every step.
You are not in this alone.