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Surgical Services

The highly qualified surgical staff at Rice Memorial Hospital offers the latest in surgical technology. We offer surgical services both on a same day basis as well as inpatient surgeries.

Our medical staff includes physician specialists in general surgery, robotic-assisted surgery, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, urology and others.

Our post-surgery care includes all educational and discharge needs to aid you in a comfortable and speedy recovery.

For families of surgical patients, a surgical waiting lounge is provided with a volunteer hostess available to keep the family updated with significant information.

If you or a family member is anticipating a surgery at Rice, visit our section on visitor services for information on lodging and dining in the Willmar area.

Preparing for Your Surgery or Outpatient Procedure Checklist and Other Important Information

If you have questions regarding upcoming surgery, please call:

320-231-4330 or 1-866-416-4567

  • Days before surgery
  • Day of surgery
  • After your surgery

In the Days before Your Surgeryadmission

  1. Schedule a physical exam to be done by your doctor no more than 30 days before your scheduled surgery or procedure day.
  2. Make sure any lab work or tests your doctor may have ordered are done prior to the day of surgery.
  3. Two weeks before your surgery or procedure day, please call 320-231-4545 or 1-800-854-5093 to pre-register. If staff do not answer, please leave your name and phone number.

The Evening before Your Surgery

  1. If you are scheduled for an outpatient surgery/procedure, arrange for a responsible adult to provide transportation home and stay with you for 24 hours. You cannot drive a car, take a taxi, or ride a bus home.
  2. Follow all of the instructions from your doctor, including any pre-procedure preparation instructions.
  3. Do not eat, drink (not even water), chew gum, or suck on hard candy after midnight the day before the surgery. If you have been told to take important medications, take no more than two tablespoons of water and no later than two hours before surgery.
  4. Do not drink alcohol for at least 12 hours before you ome to the hospital to have your surgery or procedure.

What to Leave at Home

  • Jewelry including all piercings
  • Money
  • Prescription Medications (unless otherwise instructed by your doctor or surgeon)
  • Please do not wear make-up, nail polish or hair spray

What to Bring to The Hospital

  • Drivers license or other current legal photo ID
  • Insurance cards
  • A list of your current medications: prescription and non-prescription, vitamins, herbal therapies, and over-the-counter medications
  • Registration and Identficiation for pacemaker or implanted defibrillator
  • Surgical pamphlets or documents you received at your doctor's office
  • Hearing aids with extra batteries
  • Glasses, contacts and storage cases
  • C-PAP machine if you have sleep apnea
  • Razor, hair brush, toothpaste, deodorant
  • Robe and slippers if you plan to stay overnight
  • If you have an Advanced Directive (such as a Living Will or a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care) please bring a copy with you to the hospital

On the Day of Your Surgerysurgery

  1. Bathe or shower and brush your teeth (taking care not to swallow any water) the morning of surgery.
  2. Do not shave the area on your body where the surgery will take place.
  3. Please plan to arrive at the hospital on the day of your surgery between 5:00 and 6:00 am. (See Map & Parking Information)
  4. Report to the admission desk. You will be escorted from there to your room.
  5. A relative or friend is welcome to stay with you until you are on your way to the operating room.

When you arrive in your room

  1. You will be taken to a room close to the operating room and will be asked to change into a hospital gown.
  2. Your nurse will review with you the information on the Nursing History form, ask further questions as needed, and assess physical signs such as blood pressure and temperature. For your safety, you will be asked to verify your name and birth date, and the procedure you are having done.
  3. A lab tech may come to your room to take a blood sample.
  4. You may be given pills to take with a small amount of water. These medications are to prevent nausea after surgery, and to help you relax before anesthesia.
  5. Your nurse will teach you what to expect following your surgery. Please feel free to ask any questions.
  6. An intravenous (IV) will be placed in your arm either while you are in your room or when you arrive in the Operating Room.
  7. Depending on your procedure, an Anesthesiologist, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), and an Operating Room Nurse will review important information with you about your surgery, such as:
    • allergies
    • medications you now take
    • any special concerns

As you go in to the Operating Room

  • Your family will go to the Surgical Waiting Lounge which is close to the main elevators on the ground level.
  • Coffee is provided in this lounge and restrooms are close by.
  • A surgical tacking board is available in the surgery waiting lounge for family and significant others to follow the patient through their surgical experience.
  • The lounge is staffed by a volunteer from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. Your surgeon will call or visit the lounge to talk with your family after your surgery.
  • The cafeteria is one level down, and is open from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm.


Immediately after Your Surgerymonica

  • You will spend about 1 hour in the recovery room, to be monitored closely as you awaken from anesthesia.
  • When you return to your room, your nurse will continue to check you frequently for the first 2-3 hours. (Your family may visit during this time. To allow you the rest you need, we request that they visit 2 at a time.)
  • Early activity is important. Your nurse will help you with turning in bed and with deep breathing exercise.
  • Your comfort is important. You and your nurse will work together so that you are as comfortable as possible.

As You Continue Your Hospital Stay

  1. Your nurse will work with you to plan your activities for the day. It is important that you do a little more each day. But please do not get up alone until your nurse has told you it is alright to do so.
  2. The type of food you get will progress gradually from all liquids to a regular diet or the type of diet you have at home.
  3. You will be taught the new things you need to know when you care for yourself at home.
  4. In the first day or so, you and your family will be asked about any help you may need at home. Your doctor and nurses will work together to help you arrange this.
  5. A Care Manager, who is a Registered Nurse and/or a Social Worker may also help with your health care needs.

When You Are Ready to Go Home

  1. You will review the things you need to know to care for yourself with your nurse.
  2. Your nurse will also explain your prescriptions and your return appointments as needed.
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