Surgical Services – Lexington Regional

Surgical Services

Modern technology, state-of-the-art operating rooms, coordinated care. All close to home.

Lexington Regional Health Center has a dedicated staff of nurses, nurse anesthetists, surgical technologists, and board-certified physicians, offering a wide variety of general, advanced, inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures. We make it a priority to provide the highest level of care with the most modern equipment available to ensure you have a positive experience.

By the time you’re ready for an operation at Lexington Regional, our surgical care coordinator will have provided you and your loved ones with the education you need to be confident in your journey to recovery. Our surgeons consult with your primary care provider, the surgical care coordinator, rehabilitation specialists and your care team to establish the best personalized plan for your needs. We combine skilled surgeons, state-of-the-art equipment and coordinated communication, resulting in improved surgery success and higher levels of safety.

“According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, rural hospitals may be safer for common surgical operations.” -JAMA, May 17, 2016 

For safe, personalized care, you can help us develop your plan of care for surgery by meeting with the surgical care coordinator.

After your surgery is approved, Centralized Scheduling will call you to schedule your pre-operative visit. You will need to see your primary care provider for a history and physical before your pre-operative visit.

Centralized Scheduling will be in charge of insurance pre-authorization for your surgery and will provide you with the date of surgery.

What to bring to your pre-operative appointment:

  • Current insurance card
    – We will scan a copy of your insurance card for your medical record.
  • List of current medications
    – Please bring a full list of current medications, or all medications in their pharmacy containers.
  • Pre-operative worksheet
    – Please take a few minutes to complete the pre-operative worksheet provided in the folder given at your clinic visit. You may also download a form here. Completion of this worksheet will help simplify your pre-operative visit.

Lexington Regional’s Centralized Scheduling department will handle the prior authorization process with your insurance company or worker’s compensation insurance. Once your procedure has been approved, Centralized Schedule will work with you to set the date of your surgery and notify you of your pre-operative appointment.

Pre-notification: It is your responsibility to notify your insurance provider of your upcoming procedure. If your insurance provider asks for procedure and/or diagnostic codes, notify the insurance provider’s representative that Lexington Regional Health Center is handling all prior authorization processes. Your call to the insurance provider is simply to notify them of an upcoming procedure.

*If you have questions, concerns or need to CANCEL or RESCHEDULE your procedure, please call Centralized Scheduling at 308-324-8322 and they will assist you. If it is after business hours on the day prior to your procedure, please call Lexington Regional Health Center at 308-324-5651, and ask for the nurse’s station.

Follow these tips and reminders for the best outcome and experience at Lexington Regional Health Center:

  • Centralized Scheduling will keep you informed on the date of your procedure.
  • A representative of Lexington Regional will call you after 1:00 p.m. the day before your surgery with an arrival time.
  • Ask for clear instructions on which entrance to use, and where to report to. You may be asked to enter the main entrance on the east side of the hospital, the Urgent Care & ER entrance or Outpatient Services entrance on the west side of the hospital, depending on your type of procedure (inpatient or outpatient). Pay careful attention to these instructions and ask questions if you need clarification. We want you to be relaxed and comfortable they day of your procedure so please ask questions throughout the preparation for your surgery.
  • Do not have food or drinks after midnight prior to surgery day. This includes no water, no smoking or chewing tobacco, no chewing gum and no breath mints. If you do not follow these instructions, you may run the risk of your having your procedure delayed or cancelled.
  • For your benefit, you must have a caregiver or support person drive you home after your procedure and remain with you for the rest of the day. Do not drive or use powered equipment which includes powered kitchen and cooking equipment. You cannot drive for at least 24 hours after having anesthesia.

Important instructions:

  • A history and physical is required for every patient within 30 days of your scheduled procedure.
  • Post-operation instructions will be reviewed with you and your caregiver or support person before discharge. Please make sure your caregiver or support person accompanies you at arrival.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing that is easy to put on.
  • Bring any mobility devices such as walkers, crutches or canes that you may need after surgery.
  • Bring a list of any and all medications taken that morning of your procedure.
  • Medications may be prescribed to take the morning of the procedure. You may also be advised of certain medications not to take. It is extremely important to follow any and all medication instructions provided by your surgeon and surgical team.

You play an important part in preventing surgical site infections!

Prior to surgery, you play an important role in your own health. Because skin is not sterile, we need to reduce the number of germs on your skin. You help do this by carefully following these instructions on washing before surgery.

Preparing Your Body to Prevent Infection

Starting 3 nights before your surgery.

With each shower, wash your body and hair as usual with your normal soap and shampoo. Pay special attention to cleaning your navel (belly button). You may gently use q-tips to clean this area. Repeat until q-tip comes out clean.

  1. Shower with your regular soap.
  2. Remove supplied sponge from wrapper and remove blue pick (this can be used to clean under finger/toe nails). Apply the Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) soap to your entire body FROM THE NECK DOWN avoiding the genital area. Pay special attention and avoid getting CHG soap in eyes, ears, and mouth. Wash thoroughly for approximately 5 minutes, paying special attention to the area where your surgery will be performed.
  3. Rinse your body thoroughly. Do NOT wash with your regular soap after CHG soap is used.
  4. Pat yourself dry with a freshly washed, clean towel.

Wear freshly washed, clean pajamas after showering.

Do NOT apply creams, lotions or powders to the site of the surgical area.

Do NOT shave any areas where surgery will be performed for 3 days prior to surgery.


Pre –Op Shower the Night Before

The night before surgery, apply freshly washed, clean bedding to your bed before your shower.

Follow the above instructions for showering.

Put on freshly washed, clean pajamas after showering.

Do NOT apply creams, lotions, or powders after your shower.

You may use deodorant unless otherwise instructed during your pre-operative visit.


The Day of Surgery

Use chlorhexidine wipes on surgical extremity and allow to air dry.

Wear loose, comfortable, freshly washed clothing that is easy to put on and remove as needed.

Do NOT wear make-up, nail polish, jewelry, or hairpins. Ponytails are okay as long as they do not interfere with laying your head flat on the pillow.

Do NOT wear contact lenses. Please bring a case to protect them.

Depending on your type of surgery, your surgeon and surgical team may have specific instructions which will be discussed in detail during clinic visits.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these instructions please call Lexington Regional Health Center Surgical Care Coordinator at 308-324-8322. If it is after business hours, please call Lexington Regional Health Center at 308-324-5651, and ask for the nurse’s station.

*If you have questions, concerns or need to CANCEL or RESCHEDULE your procedure, please call Centralized Scheduling at 308-324-8322 and they will assist you. If it is after business hours on the day prior to your procedure, please call Lexington Regional Health Center at 308-324-5651, and ask for the nurse’s station.

Receive the rehabilitation care you need from our team of therapists and assistants. Lexington Regional Health Center’s Rehabilitation Services works with your primary care provider and surgery team to create a care plan that is personal and effective. Working as one unit, your entire care team is focused on helping you achieve your goals.

Contact Us

Outpatient Services Center: 308-324-8602
Outpatient Services Appointment Scheduling: 308-324-8343
Surgical Care Coordinator: 308-324-8358

Address
1201 N Erie
Lexington, NE 68850
(West Hospital Entrance)

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