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    Surgical Services

    Forrest Health provides South Mississippi with care and support in all aspects of inpatient and outpatient surgical care, from consultation to rehabilitation. Surgical services are offered at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg and Highland Community Hospital in Picayune. 

    When you need surgery, you want to be able to turn to skilled, experienced and thoughtful medical professionals who are close to home.

    We offer a complete range of the following surgical services:

    Robotic Surgery with the da Vinci Xi Surgical System

    We use advanced robotic-assisted technology for minimally invasive surgeries. The da Vinci Xi Surgical System gives the surgeon an extra level of precision and additional range of motion. It translates the surgeon’s movements into smaller, more precise movements by tiny surgical equipment, leaving the surgeon in complete control. The da Vinci system’s immersive 3D-HD vision system provides surgeons a highly magnified view, virtually extending their eyes and hands further than what is possible with traditional surgical equipment.

    Patients who have minimally invasive surgery benefit from quicker recovery times, and typically experience significantly less pain and blood loss than in conventional “open incision” procedures. Patients also tend to have a much shorter stay in the hospital, allowing them to recover comfortably at home. While every case is unique, with robotic-assisted surgery, patients can return to routine, everyday activities in as little as two to three weeks.

    Currently, Forrest General uses the da Vinci system for select urological surgeries and will be adding more general surgery and gynecological surgical procedures in near future.

    Preparing for Surgery

    When you have surgery at Forrest Health, your comfort and care are our highest priority. To make things go as smoothly as possible, there are a few things you should know before you arrive.

    Pre-Operative Appointment

    • A pre-operative appointment prior to surgery may be necessary for blood and urine samples, x-rays or other tests. At this time a nurse will gather all needed information from you and provide you with educational material about the procedure, as well as answer any questions you may have.
    • You should also notify your provider if you have had any changes in your health, even minor changes.

    Preparing for Surgery

    • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the day of your surgery, including gum or mints.
    • Do not smoke after midnight the day before your surgery.
    • Do not take any medication the day of your surgery, unless instructed to do so by your physician.
    • Please shower the night before and morning of surgery using soap. If given a special soap solution by the pre admissions clinic, use as instructed.
    • Please remove all nail polish and makeup before surgery day.
    • If you wear contact lenses, either wear glasses the morning of surgery or bring a case to place the contact lenses in prior to surgery.
    • Please bring all medications with you the day of surgery.
    • Leave all jewelry and other valuables at home.

    Surgery Day

    • Please arrive at your designated time and check in at the registration desk unless instructed otherwise.
    • Your surgical nurse, operating room nurse, and anesthesia provider will review your health history, take your vital signs and start your I.V.
    • Prior to surgery, arrange for a relative or friend 18 years or older with a valid drivers license to be your transportation to and from surgery. Since most procedures use sedatives and anesthesia, patients are not allowed to drive until the day after surgery.
    • After surgery you will be transferred to a recovery unit where you'll be monitored by staff under the direction of the anesthesiologist. If you are having an outpatient surgery, you'll be discharged after recovery. If you surgery requires hospitalization, you'll be moved to your room after recovery.

    At Home

    • The single most important thing you can do to avoid infection after your surgery is hand washing. At home, wash your hands and ask anyone caring for you to clean their hands before touching you.
    • Please follow the specific post-operative instructions given to you for your surgery. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call your physician.
    • You will receive a follow-up call from a nurse the day after your discharge to see how your recovery is going and answer any questions.

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