Dixie Regional Medical Center

(435) 251-1000Map1380 East Medical Center DriveSt. George, UT 84790

Our Facility

Dixie Regional  provides a full spectrum of surgical services to patients. We have two locations where surgeries or procedures are performed:

  • River Road Campus (Inpatient and outpatient surgeries)
  • Health & Performance Center (outpatient surgeries, occasionally with overnight observation)

Directions and floor maps of each surgical center.

Surgical specialties include:

 

Before Surgery

Knowing what to expect about an upcoming surgery can provide comfort to both you and your family. To help in your preparation, we have outlined information that allows you to take care of some important items before you come to the hospital.

Scheduling

Your surgeon's office will schedule your procedure with our scheduling staff. If necessary, they will contact you with any individualized information and instructions prior to your procedure. It is your responsibility to pre-authorize the procedure with the insurance company; check with your physician's office staff to see if they provide this service.

Registering

Step 1

(435) 688-4035

Pre-register  by calling the above number:

  • Have your insurance information available.
  • The Patient Service Representative can send you a link to fill out the health history forms online.
  • Financial assistance is available for qualifying patients.  

 

Step 2

Health History Forms

Complete the required Surgery Health & Medication History forms:

  • Please  note that we are required for hospital accreditation to have you fill out Intermountain surgical health & medication history forms which may be in addition to the history forms needed by your surgeon or doctor.
    • Complete the Surgery Health History & Medication forms securely online. Access to the online history forms is initiated calling the Pre-Register number above. 
    •  Notice of Privacy Practices

Step 3

(435) 251-1570

Arrival

You will be called prior to your procedure with the date and time you should arrive at the facility.

  • Please call between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. on weekdays to verify the time of your surgery.
  • Note: Your arrival time will be earlier than your scheduled procedure time in order to complete the necessary preparations for the procedure.
  • When you arrive at the hospital you will need to check-in at a registration kiosk.

Preparing for your SurgeryShow All

Why can't I have anything to eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery?

Because stomach contents are hazardous when having any type of anesthesia. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PRE-PROCEDURAL INSTRUCTION - DO NOT EAT, DRINK, OR SMOKE ANYTHING after midnight the night before your procedure, except clear liquids four hours prior to coming to the hospital/surgical center.

Clear liquids that are allowed:

  • Water
  • Apple juice, NO PULP
  • Soda pop
  • Coffee, WITHOUT CREAM
  • Clear Tea, WITHOUT CREAM

Gum, breath mints, chewing tobacco, smoking tobacco and vitamins are not to be used within four hours prior to coming to the hospital/surgical center.

Children under the age of three may have clear liquids until 3 a.m. Clear liquids are defined as: water, apple juice or lemon-lime soda. Breast milk may be given up to midnight.

What about my medications?
  • DO take your heart, blood pressure, asthma, Parkinson's or seizure medications with a sip of water the morning of your procedure.
  • DO NOT take any other medications 12 hours prior to procedure. This includes any oral diabetic medication or insulin, unless instructed by the nurse or physician. Bring your insulin with you.
  • Please bring a list of all medications (including herbal and over the counter medications) with you the day of your procedure.
  • Use your asthma or other lung inhalers in the morning and be sure to bring them with you.
  • If you are on oxygen at home, bring it with you.
  • If you use CPAP at home, bring it with you.
  • Contact your physician for instructions if you are taking aspirin, aspirin products, blood thinners, MAO inhibitors, or have taken diet pills (phen/fen or redux). Some medications need to be stopped a few days before the procedure.
  • Heart cath patients: STOP coumadin 2-4 days prior to the procedure as directed by your physician.
  • Cardioversion patients: CONTINUE coumadin as directed by your physician.
  • Electrophysiology Study (EPS) patients: STOP antiarrythmic medications as directed by your physician.
  • Contact your physician for instructions if you are taking aspirin, aspirin products, MAO inhibitors, or have taken diet pills (phen/fen or redux). Some medications need to be stopped a few days before the procedure.
What if I have special needs (i.e., diabetic, disability, language)?
  • Call us and let us know what your needs are.
  • Free translation services are available 24-hours-a-day in all spoken languages and ASL.
What if I feel ill before my procedure?

Notify your surgeon if you develop any of the following:

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Cough or congestion
  • Chicken Pox exposure/illness within two weeks of surgery
  • Any other problems that may interfere with your scheduled surgery
How should I get ready?
  • Bathe and shampoo before coming to the hospital - this helps to prevent infection.
  • Make sure your hair is dry prior to arriving. Pull back long hair with an elastic band.
  • Wear loose clothing that is easy to get off and on, which will fit over a dressing.
  • Do not wear any makeup or jewelry (including any body piercing) or metal hair accessories.
  • Do not bring other valuables.
What should I bring with me?
  • Cases for eyeglasses, contact lenses or hearing aids. All personal belongings will remain with your family member during the procedure.
  • If you are staying overnight in the hospital - bring a small bag with personal items only (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, comb or brush, shaving kit, other toiletries).
  • Cash or a credit card for your co-pays (depending on your insurance) and filling any post-surgical prescriptions. Note: The cost of prescriptions cannot be added to your bill, unless under Workers' Compensation.
  • The following documents, if applicable: Photo ID (such as a driver's license), insurance card(s), Medicare and/or Medicaid cards, a completed Living Will (if you have one).
Should someone come with me?
  • Two visitors - family members or friends - are welcome, but no children under 12 years of age, please.
  • One family member should stay within the facility during your stay to receive instructions from the surgical team.
  • A parent or guardian of a patient under 18 should stay in the facility until the patient is discharged. (If you are a guardian of a patient, bring copies of forms indicating guardianship or power of attorney.)
  • A responsible person should be prepared to drive you home. Driving yourself home is NOT permitted. If you do not have a responsible person to drive you home, your procedure will be cancelled.
  • A responsible adult should be prepared to care for you for the first 24 hours after your procedure.

Day of Surgery

What surgery patients can typically expect on the day of surgery.
Reception and Admitting
Complete admissions paperwork prior to your procedure:
  • Prepare to sign the informed consent form by reviewing the Consent for Operation/Procedure & Patient Info sheet below. Read details about the consent form and the possible risks of the procedure. This form is for review only. You will be asked to sign the actual document after meeting with your physician on the day of your procedure.
  • You will also be given information about anesthesia, physicians and the facility, which includes an acknowledgment of these various providers contributing to your care and the potential for separate billings.
  • The required forms will be completed at this time if you have not already provided the information online.
  • Review your insurance information and provide any co-pays. Depending on your insurance, co-pays may be collected at this time or billed to you.
  • Read the following material:
    • Discharge Instructions (depending on your procedure and the surgeon's preference).
    • Review the pain management brochure. Nurses will ask you to rate your pain according to the numeric or picture scale, described in the section Rating Your Pain. This scale will help nursing staff effectively evaluate and manage your pain. If you have any questions, ask the pre-operative nurse prior to surgery.
Pre-Operative Area
  • You'll be taken to a private area for changing from regular clothes to hospital clothes.
  • A registered nurse will perform an assessment, and you will be prepared for surgery. This may include: having vital signs and weight measured, starting an IV (intravenous) line, drawing lab tests, possible urine sample, skin prep and marking of operative site, if necessary.
  • You can be provided with a warm blanket.
  • You'll learn about your anesthesia, the medication that will help to keep you comfortable during your procedure. Anesthesia will be provided based on your surgery type, your health status, and the anesthesia members on duty at the time of your procedure. All anesthesiologists are medical doctors with special training in the field of anesthesiology.
  • There are four different types of anesthesia that can be used:
    • General: You are totally asleep and aware of nothing.
    • IV Regional: You are given medication to relax and numb the area so you do not feel pain.
      Monitored (MAC): You may or may not be asleep, but you will feel comfortable. You may be aware of what is going on during the procedure.
    • Local: You may receive medication as needed through an IV to keep you relaxed. A registered nurse, under direction of your surgeon, will administer medications.
  • Your surgeon and anesthesiologist will visit with you. Please feel free at this time to ask any questions regarding your procedure.
  • Children may be medicated prior to surgery. The medication makes children unsteady and likely to fall. If medicated, parents must watch their child closely at all times.
  • Waiting times before your procedure starts will vary. The actual time your surgery begins will depend on longer or shorter surgery times and emergencies. We will make every effort to keep you informed if a delay occurs.
  • You will be transported in a wheelchair to the operative area by a member of the surgical team.
  • Your family will be shown where to wait during your surgery. No family may be permitted in the operating room during the surgery.
Operating Room / Surgical Area
  • Your physician will visit with you. Please feel free at this time to ask any questions regarding your procedure.
  • A registered nurse will ask once more for your name, allergies, food intake status and to identify the surgical site.
  • Monitors will be applied and a warm blanket provided.
  • Local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area before the procedure begins.
  • A sedative (conscious sedation) will be given during the procedure. It is important for you to remain awake so your can follow your doctor's verbal instructions, such as breathing deep or coughing.
Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
  • Your recovery begins with individual nursing care - including pain management.
  • An average time of 30-45 minutes is spent in the PACU; as little as 10 minutes and up to two hours or more, depending on your needs, the type of anesthesia and the procedure performed.
  • Family will not be able to visit in the PACU.
  • Once you have met specific medical criteria, you will be discharged to the post-operative area.
Post-Operative Area

Recuperation:

  • You will stay in bed for a period of time, which may include lying flat for several hours.

A registered nurse will:

  • Take vital signs.
  • Treat any nausea/vomiting.
  • Manage pain, if needed.
  • Offer fluids.
  • Provide discharge education (both written and verbal) to you and to the person who is taking you home.

Prescriptions:

  • Your physician will provide any discharge prescriptions necessary.
  • Have family or appropriate visitors fill these before leaving the facility.
  • The hospital pharmacy accepts most insurance plans.

Going Home:

  • You will be observed and made comfortable until you have met medical criteria.
  • This stage may be as brief as 30 minutes, or as long as 4 hours, depending on your needs, type of anesthesia and the procedure performed.
  • A staff member will accompany you out of the building in a wheelchair when you are discharged.

After Surgery

What to expect during the first few days after your surgery:

  • Patients sometimes experience minor after-effects from anesthesia such as drowsiness, nausea, muscle aches, a sore throat and occasional dizziness or headaches.
  • These after-effects lessen rapidly in the hours following your procedure. The majority of patients do not feel up to their typical activities the next day, usually due to general tiredness or surgical discomfort.
  • Plan to take it easy for a few days until you feel back to normal. Know that a period of recovery at home is common and to be expected.
  • Call your physician if you have questions about the operative site, what you can and cannot do, or when you can return to work.
  • A patient satisfaction survey group may contact you regarding your surgical experience. Please do not hesitate to offer suggestions or comments; your opinions are most welcome. Your suggestions will help us to constantly improve our service to patients.

For more info, visit our Post-operative Discharge Instructions page.

Billing

Financial Assistance

At Intermountain Healthcare, medically necessary and generally available healthcare services are accessible to residents in the communities we serve, regardless of ability to pay.

Pay Your Bill Online

To pay Intermountain hospital, Homecare, or Medical Group clinic & physician bills, use our secure online WebPay service. NOTE: If there is a PIN on your bill, you can use the WebPay service.

Insurance

We issue a bill to your primary and secondary insurance companies, which includes: charges for basic lab tests, use of the facility, equipment/supplies, and other services. If you still need to provide your health insurance information, you can our secure online form.

Professional Fees

Your surgeon, anesthesiologist, pathologist or radiologist will each bill you separately. If you have any questions regarding your bill from these providers, please contact their offices directly.

Itemized Statement

An itemized billing statement reflecting facility charges will be sent to you about one month after surgery.

Flat Fee Program for Plastics/Cosmetic Surgeries

Payment must be collected prior to surgery. Discounted costs are available for services that are not covered by insurance, such as liposuction or abdominoplasty. If you have any questions regarding this program or pricing, please call us.

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