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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I book surgery?

To book surgery, you need a referral from another healthcare provider. Find a provider. Contact your health insurance plan to get an authorization: In some instances, if you don’t get a referral before receiving care, the plan may not pay any of the costs of healthcare.

What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

When doctors recommend minimally invasive surgery, it involves smaller incisions and relies on imaging devices like endoscopes. Minimally invasive surgeries have become some of the most common and safest procedures in medicine. Unlike standard “open’ surgery, only small incisions need to be made, which can reduce infection risks, speed up recovery, and potentially provide a quicker return to normal activities. Not all surgeries can be minimally invasive, but it is often the preferred choice when applicable.

What is elective Surgery?

Elective surgeries are planned procedures that are scheduled in advance, and they are often referred to as "same day surgeries" because the patient undergoes the procedure and is typically discharged on the same day, without the need for an overnight hospital stay.

Who will take care of me when I go home?

You will not be sent home until your care team is sure that you will be able to take care of your own basic needs, like going to the washroom. If you require medical care at home, this will be discussed with you beforehand. Ask your surgeon ahead of time what kind of help you might need after you go home.

How can I get in touch with the surgery department?

Visit this page to get the list of contact information for different surgery departments.

Are all of the people involved in my operation covered by my insurance? (anesthesia, pathology, radiology)

Contact your health insurance plan to get authorization on all of the services that will be provided.

Is the surgical facility accredited and properly staffed?

Yes, RRH takes great pride in ensuring the highest standards of patient care and safety. Our facility is DNV accredited as a critical access hospital. Our team is comprised of Board-Certified surgeons who specialize in various fields, honing their expertise to provide excellent care close to home. We also have state-of-the-art, modernized equipment to provide you with the best possible surgical experience. Your health and well-being are our top priorities.

What are my anesthesia options?
  • Local anesthesia: only the surgical area will be anesthetized. This may be suitable for minor procedures that involve a small area.
  • Regional anesthesia: a larger part or portion of the body is anesthetized. This may be used for surgery on a specific part such as a hand or foot.
  • General anesthesia: IV medications and anesthetic gases induce temporary unconsciousness so you cannot feel pain during the operation. This may be required for major or complex surgery.
  • Sedation, sometimes referred to as "monitored anesthesia care," is commonly associated with the term "twilight." Medications are administered, typically via an intravenous (IV) line, to induce a state of drowsiness and relaxation in the patient. The extent of sedation can vary, and it is tailored to the specific procedure and the patient's choice.
Anesthesia care, what to expect?

At RRH, each patient benefits from an individualized anesthesia plan. There is, however, a common sequence of events. The initial part of the anesthesia evaluation occurs in the surgeon's office, when the surgeon takes a medical history and performs a physical exam. This information provides the initial description of the medical problems and may indicate that further laboratory tests or medical consultation is necessary before proceeding with anesthesia and surgery.

Prior to surgery, you will have the opportunity to discuss the planned anesthetic with the members of our team who will provide it. This conversation may occur by telephone, the hospital room or preoperative area.

Often, the nature of the surgery or other medical problem dictates the type of anesthesia to be used. In other instances, it is possible to choose among anesthetic options. Whenever possible, your preferences will be accommodated.

Many patients arrive the morning of surgery. You will receive specific instructions by telephone the day before surgery regarding arrival time, medications and driving instructions.

I had surgery somewhere else, and there was a complication. Can RRH help me?

We understand that complications can arise from surgery, even when performed at other facilities. At RRH, our team of experienced healthcare professionals is here to provide you with expert care and support in managing complications or addressing any concerns related to your previous surgery. We offer comprehensive medical services, including consultation, evaluation, and treatment options to help you on your path to recovery.

What's the difference between Inpatient vs. Outpatient Surgery

Inpatient Surgery involves an overnight stay in the hospital, often for complex procedures like colon surgery where postoperative care is required at the hospital. Outpatient Surgery means no overnight stay required. Patients go home the same day. Typically involves fewer complex procedures.

What accommodations are available for out-of-town patients or those requiring an extended hospital stay?

We are happy to provide our community with modern, comfortable rooms that will accommodate your stay with us.

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