Surgical services at Logansport Memorial Hospital are provided on-site in our surgical suites and cover a wide array of both necessary and optional procedures. Surgical services include inpatient and outpatient surgery, using minimally invasive techniques where appropriate.

Our highly-skilled surgical staff is comprised of caring physicians, anesthesiologists, surgeons, nurses and technicians who dedicate themselves to your safety and comfort during procedures. General surgeons have expertise in the diagnosis and care of patients with diseases and disorders affecting general areas of the body, including but not limited to the abdomen, digestive tract, endocrine system, breast, skin, and blood vessels.

Logansport Memorial Hospital is supported by a team of surgeons who cover a wide range of specialties, including:

  • General surgery
  • Breast surgery
  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Endoscopy
  • Gynecological
  • Orthopedic
  • Ophthalmology
  • Podiatry
  • Urology

Minimally-invasive surgery

General surgeons increasingly provide care through the use of minimally-invasive and endoscopic techniques. Minimally-invasive surgery is often done laparoscopically, which means that smaller incisions are made than when performing open surgery. For appropriately selected cases, the potential advantages of minimally-invasive surgery compared with open surgical procedures can include:

  • A shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain and scarring
  • Less risk of wound infections
  • Faster recovery
  • Quicker return to normal activities

What to expect

Prior to any surgical procedure, you will pre-register with the hospital and then speak with a pre-operative nurse who will explain relevant information to you about your procedure and answer any clinical questions you may have.

You will complete any preliminary tests your doctor orders beforehand, such as an EKG, x-ray, blood test, etc. You will also be asked to do the preparations your doctor has ordered for you. NOTHING TO EAT OR DRINK AFTER MIDNIGHT. Any exceptions will be explained to you. We encourage you to drink liquids until bedtime so you are not dehydrated. Cut back on smoking as soon as possible before surgery, and do not smoke after midnight.

On the day of surgery, remember not to wear make-up, nail polish, or jewelry (including body piercings). Do not use gum, mints or tobacco. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to the hospital. Bring supplies to remove contact lenses. Glasses and hearing aids can be worn to the hospital.

If you are already registered, upon arrival at the hospital, you will report to Surgery Waiting. Surgery staff will welcome you to a private room in Ambulatory Surgery, check your vital signs and prepare you for surgery. Family and friends may stay with you until the time of your surgery.

The anesthesiologist will visit to discuss your anesthetic and answer your questions. Your surgeon will also check on you. Staff will transport you to the Surgery Room.

After surgery is over, you will wake up in the Recovery Room. For approximately one hour, nurses will check your vital signs, dressing and help you to be comfortable. They will ask you to breathe deeply and you may wear an oxygen mask. While you are in Recovery, your surgeon will speak with your family in a private consultation room in the waiting area.

If your surgery is outpatient, you will be dismissed with appropriate discharge instructions when the doctor feels it is safe to do so. If you are an inpatient, you will be taken to your assigned hospital room and assisted to your bed. Rest is important after your surgery. Remember, pain and nausea medication will be available to you. The hospital staff will assist you to resume activity as soon as you are able. Your diet will be regulated by your doctor.

Finally, you will receive postoperative discharge instructions to promote a safe and effective recovery.

The pre-operative nurse can also answer any questions you may have about your rights as a patient under Indiana law regarding decisions you make about your healthcare.

Surgery at the doctor's office: what you need to know

Centralized services

When patients come to Logansport Memorial Hospital for any reason connected with a scheduled surgery, they need to remember only one point of contact: the surgery waiting room in the lobby of the hospital. These surgery services may be accessed from this location:

  • Surgery preregistration
  • Pre-op education
  • Pre-op testing
  • Check-in the day of surgery
  • Inquiries from family and friends
  • Post-op care

Surgical definitions

What to bring for inpatient stays:

  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Contact lens case and supplies
  • Lotion
  • Shaving supplies
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Denture supplies
  • Comb
  • Cosmetics
  • Pajamas, robe, and slippers
  • Glasses case
  • Hearing aid batteries
  • Inhalers
  • C-pap machines

In the event that a problem arises, such as illness or family emergency, necessitating cancellation of your surgery, please notify your surgeon as soon as possible. If you need to cancel surgery on short notice or after your doctor’s office has closed, please call (574) 753-5606.