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Surgical ServicesSurgery

Surgeons at Benefis Hospitals East Campus provide a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures. And our operating suites can accommodate most types of surgeries, including:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular/Cardiothoracic (heart, cardiac veins and chest)
  • Ear Nose and Throat
  • General (mastectomy, thyroid, intestinal, hernia, gallbladder, colon, gastric reflux)
  • Genital/Urinary (bladder, prostate)
  • Gynecologic/Obstetric (women's)
  • Laparoscopic (small incisions, utilizing specialized small instruments)
  • Neonatal (newborn)
  • Neurosurgery (brain, nerves, back)
  • Ophthalmology (eye)
  • Orthopedic (bones, joints, muscles)
  • Pediatric (children, adolescents)
  • Perinatal (obstetric, during or soon after pregnancy)
  • Peripheral Vascular (blood vessels in the extremities, varicose veins)
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Podiatric (feet)
  • Urology

If you need surgery, ask your healthcare provider to refer you to a surgeon. If you have questions about Benefis Surgical Services, please call us at (406) 455-5270.

Surgical Care

The post-operative (after surgery) nursing units at Benefis Hospitals deliver care to patients 18 and older. Family members are welcome to participate in the care of their loved one. However, this is not an expectation, and family members may participate to the extent that they feel comfortable. Visiting is recommended from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Families may stay overnight only if the patient is in a private room. A cot can be provided it you wish to stay with your loved one.

Time spent in the hospital has changed during the last few years. Patients now experience shorter stays. This is due, in part, to advances in medical and surgical technology. When you are stable your doctor will discharge you from the hospital back to your home and family. In special instances, a different healthcare setting or home-health care service may be arranged.

What to Expect Before Surgery

Part of the process that makes your hospital stay more efficient is our pre-admission area. During the pre-admission visit the nurse will obtain necessary health history from you and complete any required pre-operative tests that have not already been done. Staff will talk to you about what to expect during surgery, as well as your recovery. Your surgeon's office will contact you with the appropriate time you should arrive at Benefis Hospitals East Campus surgery waiting area (on the 2nd floor of the North Tower).

Be sure to leave all valuables and personal belongings at home. We ask your family to handle the belongings you bring with you the day of surgery.

What to Expect the Day of Surgery

One the day of surgery you will check in at the surgery waiting area. You will be called back to AM Admit. You may not be called in the order you have arrived due to surgeon schedules.

In AM Admit you will be greeted by a nurse and asked numerous questions regarding your health history, including any current treatments or medications. This is also where your intravenous (IV) fluids will be started and you will visit with your surgeon and your anesthesiologist.

From here you will meet your operating room nurse who will transport you into the OR. Your family will go back to the waiting area, where they can follow your progress from our state-of-the-art tracking system. They will know when your surgery is complete and when you have arrived into the recovery room and eventually on to the post-operative nursing unit.

Once you are through the recovery room phase, you will be moved to the appropriate nursing unit. On this unit it is important that you, as a patient, participate in your care and daily activities. The nurses need to assess your ability, and, in some cases, your family's ability to meet your needs after discharge. Your efforts to resume simple daily activities help you regain strength and confidence. These activities include:

  • Using the toilet rather than a bedpan.
  • Walking in the hall as often as the doctor orders.
  • Minimizing time spent in bed by sitting up in a chair to relax.
  • Taking care of your own hygiene.

Our goals for you are:

  • to provide quality care and assist you in your recovery.
  • to provide a safe, quiet, comfortable environment.
  • to teach you skills that will help you care for yourself after you leave the hospital.
  • to provide you with information regarding your hospital stay and discharge.

Aspects of Your Post-Operative Care

Throughout your stay:

  • We will closely monitor your hydration after surgery. We will measure your output and record what you drink.
  • We will encourage you to get up and walk four times per day. This will help you get home sooner.
  • We monitor vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, temperature and respiration) every four hours. This necessitates waking you up during the night as well as during the waking hours.
  • We will be encouraging you to cough and deep breathe frequently and use your incentive spirometry if ordered by your physician.
  • Each patient is offered a bath sometime during each day. However, this may not be in the morning. Your nurse will coordinate with you when your bath will be.

We will monitor your comfort and provide pain medications and comfort measures to facilitate your healing. We provide an environment that will prompt an optimal recovery.

Operating Rooms:

Benefis Hospitals East Campus
1101 26th Street South
Great Falls, MT 59405
(406) 455-5270

Pre-admission for surgery:

(406) 455-4230