Aspirus Medford’s Surgery and Day Surgery combines the latest surgical technology with comfortable surroundings. Aspirus Medford Hospital’s surgical experts and visiting specialists perform surgeries and procedures on patients of all ages. Our services are provided on both an inpatient and outpatient (same-day) basis.
If you have a specific procedure of interest, please call or email Aspirus Medford Hospital’s Surgical Services Director, Tracy Fuchs, at 715-748-8100 x8106 or Tracy.Fuchs@aspirus.org.
Our three surgery suites are modern, spacious and equipped with the most state-of-the-art technology available. We use the latest technologies, operate in the newest surgical suites, and earn excellent patient satisfaction scores.
Patients are treated by our general and specialty surgeons and surgical team. They specialize in caring for you and your family before, during, and after surgery.
All staff members are certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) and Registered Nurses who staff the Surgery & Day Surgery departments are certified in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) and pediatric advanced life support (PALS). Many of our nurses hold specialty certifications which are a nurse's official recognition of achievement, expertise, and clinical judgment. It is a mark of excellence that requires continued learning and skill development.
You are a unique person, with a unique medical history - your pre-operative assessment will be tailored to your needs.
For your safety, you're asked not to eat or drink for several hours before your sugery. Why? Anesthesia generally involves giving medications that partially or completely diminish the body’s reflexes. Without protective reflexes (such as coughing and gagging), it is possible for food or fluids taken before surgery to “reflux” from the stomach into the esophagus. These partially digested materials may then pass down into the lungs. In the lungs, partially digested stomach contents can cause serious inflammation problems resulting in Asthma-like reactions, pneumonia, poor oxygen delivery to the brain or heart, or even death.
The risk of serious injury is so high that people scheduled for surgeries or procedures requiring sedation are held “NPO” or without food, fluids and other substances such as chewing tobacco, gum or hard candy. While gum or chewing tobacco may not always be swallowed, they stimulate the production of saliva, which is swallowed. Smoking avoidance is also strongly recommended. Smoking delivers substances to the body, which then facilitates gastric fluid reflux into the esophagus and (again) causes problems in the lungs. It is also a good idea not to smoke after surgery as it can slow healing.
The period of time people are asked to not eat, drink or smoke prior to surgery may vary with age and situation. Generally, there will be some period of fasting specified in your pre-procedure instructions. If you are unsure about what to do or have special considerations such as diabetes or other conditions effected by not eating or drinking for some period of time, contact your physician a few days prior to your procedure.
Lastly, if you mistakenly eat or drink prior to your surgery or procedure, be honest with your health care providers. They would much rather you tell them then find out after a problem occurs. Unfortunately, this may result in delaying or rescheduling your procedure.
On the day of your procedure, please park in the main parking area just outside our main entrance OR take advantage of our free Valet parking attendants. Simply pull up to Aspirus Medford Hospital's main entrance. Our parking attendants will park your car for you and retreive it for you when you're ready to go home. Check-in with our friendly registration staff - they will direct you to the Surgery & Day Surgery patient lounge.
Please plan to have someone stay at the hospital while you're in surgery. We will keep your family and friends updated on the status of your surgery - please ask your family to tell Day Surgery where they'll be waiting. Pagers are available to them should they need to leave the patient lounge for an extended period of time.
If you received any sedation or anesthesia during your procedure you will need an adult (someone 18 years or older) to drive you home. Please make these arrangements before arriving for your procedure. In addition, it is preferable to have an adult with you at the hospital throughout your stay. You will also need someone to stay with you for 24 hours following your procedure.