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Surgery & Special Procedures

York Hospital’s surgery center mixes advanced technology with personalized care in a comfortable, and caring environment. The center is equipped with five surgical suites staffed by a dedicated and highly trained team of specialists that care for patients preoperatively, during surgery and in recovery. Our center is well-equipped with the latest advances in technology and instrumentation for the more than 6,500 surgical procedures annually in the following specialties:

  • General surgery
  • Eye surgery (Ophthalmology)
  • Ear nose and throat (Otolaryngology)
  • Gynecology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Podiatric Surgery
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Urology – including greenlight laser therapy
  • Now offering MAKOplasty Robotic Assisted Knee Replacements!

Surgeons work with our Anesthesia team of Anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists (CRNA’s) to work with patients to ease pain and discomfort before, during and after surgery. With amenities like private waiting and recovery rooms, warm blankets, room service, transportation services and staff that create a comfortable and pleasing atmosphere, York Hospital’s surgery center is among the best in the area.


Special Procedures

York Hospital is known for its loving-kindness care. Special procedures is no different. Endoscopic procedures such as colonoscopies and other gastroenterological procedures are performed in a relaxing, soothing and comfortable environment in a wing of York Hospital’s surgery center.

Experienced and compassionate nursing staff work closely with patients, family members and physicians to create an environment of personalized care and comfort. Our center offers each patient personalized attention from the moment they arrive until they are escorted out the door. Our dedicated staff work with individuals to assess and ease pain and comfort as needed, and our center offers every patient a private room for pre and post procedure recovery care.

York Hospital is a leading provider of quality health care in our region. We offer advanced technology in a personalized, private environment. Other procedures and services that are performed here include urology, plastic surgery, ENT, medical procedures, orthopedic procedures, gynecology, pulmonology, infectious disease, and ophthalmology.

Give us a call for more information! (207) 351-2410

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Medical Staff

The surgery center is staffed by board-certified surgeons and anesthesiologists, highly skilled physician assistants, registered nurse first assists, RNs, surgical technicians, central sterile staff and support staff to create a special environment, one in which each patient is cared for in a personal, respectful way before they enter the center, throughout their stay and after they go home. We offer personalized care that goes above and beyond. Each patient experience is unique and based on the patient’s individual needs. Your privacy and respect are paramount at our center – we offer every patient private rooms throughout your stay- from pre-op through recovery and post-op care. Our loving and caring staff and family friendly environment offer support for you and your loved ones at all times. Our newly updated and expanded environment is built around patient comfort and our team of skilled surgeons and staff offer innovative surgical technology and expertise in constantly evolving technology and the latest procedures – such as the Direct Anterior Approach for hip replacement surgery and custom made joint reconstruction surgery.

We strongly support the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our patients and their family members. We offer access to relaxation techniques such as Reiki to calm nerves for patients, and have a beautiful relaxation garden for families as well as our loving kindness room for reflection and support.

Preparing for Surgery at York Hospital

PRE-OP
Once your surgery is scheduled by your surgeon’s office, York Hospital’s pre-op nursing team moves into action and a plan of care is developed for the patient. Our pre-op team will coordinate all of the necessary pre-op paperwork, review your medical history and medications and schedule any testing (if needed). We will also provide you with specific instructions and answer any questions you may have. Should you have any needs prior to your surgery, you can reach the pre-op team directly at (207) 361-3654 or (207) 361-3627. They are available Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm.

PREPARING AT HOME FOR SURGERY
If you become ill with fever, cold, sore throat or other illness before your scheduled surgery, then please notify your physician as the procedure may need to be postponed until after you recover from your illness. If you will be given general anesthesia or any sedation, then you must arrange for someone to drive you home following your procedure. Any anesthesia you receive may make you drowsy for up to 24 hours, so driving is not permitted. Note, York Hospital does offer transportation for a modest fee to and from the hospital by appointment. Contact them at (207) 351-3413 for details.

Other steps to prepare for surgery include:

  • Please bathe or shower prior to coming in for surgery.
  • Remove all nail polish, makeup, lipstick, false eyelashes and hairpieces.
  • Please wear casual, comfortable, loose clothing such as sweat suits, easy button shirts or blouses that are large enough in case you have a large bandage after surgery, as well as comfortable shoes (please, no high heels). All personal items need to be removed prior to surgery. Your nurse will instruct you of any exceptions to this policy.
  • Please leave valuables and jewelry at home. If you wear contact lenses, bring a case or leave them at home.
  • If you wear glasses, bring your case for their safekeeping.
  • If you smoke, try to quit or cut down before surgery.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the day of your procedure, unless otherwise instructed by your surgery personnel. This includes chewing gum, mints, water and coffee.
When You Arrive for Surgery

Please arrive at York Hospital at the time specified by your surgeon and/or your pre-op nurse so that you can be prepared for surgery. Complimentary parking is provided at York Hospital. After you are registered, you will be taken to a private, pre-operative room. A nurse will take a brief medical history, perform any needed lab work (that has not already been completed) and ask you to sign a consent form for surgery. You will also meet with one of our Anesthesia team members to discuss the type of anesthesia you will receive. Family may remain with you during this time.

When the nurse is taking your history, please remember to mention:

  • If you wear dentures, including permanent dentures such as bridgework caps or crowns
  • Any medication you have taken or brought from home
  • Any allergies
  • Special orders from your physician
  • Colds, fever or infection
  • In the case of a child, any serious or chronic illness the child has had
  • Any problems you have had with previous surgery or anesthesia
  • Any family members who have had trouble with anesthesia

Once it is determined that you are in a safe condition to have surgery, your family or friend may wait with you in the room until you are taken to surgery. From there, you will be taken directly to the operating room on a gurney or in a wheelchair for your safety. Your friends and family will then be directed to the waiting area.

Waiting Room

Your surgery will be performed in one of our 5 operating room suites. Family members can wait in the family waiting area (where we have beverages and snacks available as well computers, games and other amenities), in our outdoor serenity garden (weather permitting), or your post-op room if available. The surgeon will give them an update on your condition following surgery.

After Your Surgery/Recovery/PACU

After your surgery, you will be taken to a post anesthesia care unit (known as PACU) room while you recover. The time spent in PACU varies from patient to patient but usually averages about 45 minutes to one hour. Then you will be transported to a private post-op room where you will remain until it is safe for you to go home. Friends and family members are welcome to stay with you as well. Depending on the type of anesthesia you received, you may have blurry vision, a dry mouth and/or chills. Noises may sound louder than usual. The nurse will check your dressing(s) and blood pressure often. You may also have an IV and other tubes used for drainage. The area around your surgery may hurt or burn. Don´t be afraid to ask your nurse for pain medication. Before you can leave the hospital, your nurse will make sure that you are able to walk, urinate and take liquids. (If you are an inpatient, you will be taken to your hospital room on the top floor of the hospital for further care by our dedicated team of medical-surgical care nurses – see inpatient care for more).

Outpatients will be discharged the day of surgery and recover at home. Before you leave the hospital, your surgeon and nurse will give you specific written instructions on how to care for yourself at home and will answer any questions you may have at the time. Remember that activity helps circulation and deep breathing speeds recovery. You will be told what type of activity is safe to do for your specific procedure.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to follow up with your surgeon’s office, or contact us at (207) 351-2400 for information.


Location & Contact

We are open for surgery 24 hours a day/7 days a week for emergent needs; scheduled surgeries are offered Monday-Friday based on OR/physician scheduling. For more information about York Hospital’s Surgery center, please contact the surgery center at (207) 351-2400. If you have pre-op questions, please e-mail preop@yorkhospital.com.

York Hospital Surgery & Special Procedures
Loving Kindness Way, York, Maine 03909
Phone: (207) 351-2410