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Surgical services

Iredell Memorial Hospital is the first hospital in Iredell County to offer Mako SmartRobotics, robotic-arm assisted technology that transforms how total knee, partial knee, and total hip replacements are performed by helping surgeons know more and cut less.

Having surgery is a big deal. At Iredell Memorial, we understand the emotional as well as the physical challenges each patient faces. That is why we take the time to educate you on what to expect before, during and after surgery.

Our goal is to make your surgery as comfortable as possible. Iredell offers comprehensive services for both inpatient and outpatient surgery. Our operating rooms are equipped with the latest technology, including computerized administration and monitoring of anesthesia.

Iredell's team of surgeons, specialized nurses and technicians is trained in both traditional and minimally invasive surgeries. Minimally invasive surgery offers benefits to patients from a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery to less pain and smaller scars.

Before your surgery

  • When surgery is scheduled, a preop appointment is also scheduled unless you meet criteria to be fast tracked. (fast tracks-history completed via telephone interview and any necessary labs or diagnostic testing is completed the day of surgery)
  • The physician's office staff will instruct where you will go and when to arrive for your preop appointment. Follow signs to Outpatient Surgery and park in parking spaces close to outpatient surgery entrance.
  • Check in at the registration desk. You will be asked to provide a copy of insurance card, driver's license, address, and phone number. You will sign consent for treatment and any other forms pertinent to your procedure.
  • A nurse from the anesthesia department will meet with you to complete a questionnaire about your medical history for the anesthesiologist, including past surgeries and current medications. They will instruct you on medications to take the morning of surgery.
  • The preop nurse will review allergies, current medications including dosages and medical history, consent for surgery and preoperative instructions including when to stop eating and drinking.

If you have questions or concerns, please call Outpatient Surgery at 704-878-4590.

Surgery day

  • On the day of surgery you will be asked to change into a hospital gown removing all undergarments. Please leave all jewelry and valuables at home.
  • The nurse will check your blood pressure, pulse and temperature and verify when you last ate and drank.
  • You will have an IV (intravenous) line started in your arm if sedation or general anesthesia is needed. You may receive a surgical prep such as betadine or chloraprep scrub on the operative area. You may also receive an antibiotic to prevent infection.
  • You will speak to an anesthesiologist, surgeon and surgical team prior to your surgery.
  • When you go into surgery, your family will wait in the surgery waiting room. Your family will be updated hourly as needed. The surgeon will talk with your family when your surgery is finished. You could be in the recovery area up to 2 hours or more depending on various reasons, i.e., anesthesia, comfort, bed placement etc.

We thank you for letting us take of you and we wish you a safe and speedy recovery

After surgery

  • After surgery, you will recover in a private room that offers all the amenities of home, including LCD televisions and wireless internet. It is all part of the exceptional care you expect from Iredell.
  • Our surgical floor is a consistent winner of high patient satisfaction scores. Our experienced nursing team collaborates with the rehabilitation team and physicians to provide the care and equipment necessary to assist in your recovery.
  • The floor was added to the Nunnery Tower in 2005 and has led the way in setting the style for renovations of that 1986 addition.
  • For procedures such as total hip and knee replacement, we begin working with the patient prior to surgery to help him or her prepare for recovery both at the hospital and at home.

Iredell has many advanced surgical technologies, such as:

  • da Vinci XI. Sidebar image shows a da Vinci XI demonstration (peeling a blueberry).
  • Digital operating suites.
  • Central sterile processing technology.
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery with computerized navigation.