Surgical center in Idaho Falls, Idaho

You are in good hands when you have surgery at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho. From general surgery to brain surgery, our specialized surgeons, pediatric surgeons, support staff, state-of-the-art facilities and safety-focused programs equip us to expertly perform a variety of surgeries.

If you have a surgery scheduled, please pre-register online.

In addition to traditional and laparoscopic options, many procedures can be performed with robotic surgery capabilities. EIRMC began offering robotic-assisted surgery in 2010 and now has more than twenty trained surgeons offering this advanced technology for urology, gynecology, general, colorectal and thoracic surgery. Robotic surgery can decrease recovery time, and may reduce complications and discomfort for patients. In fact, many surgical procedures don’t require lengthy hospital stays or an overnight stay at all. The surgeon sits at a console next to you and operates using tiny instruments. Your surgeon’s hand movements are translated by the da Vinci system in real-time, bending and rotating the instruments while performing the procedure. They also control a camera for viewing the surgical area in magnified, high definition 3D.

Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if robotic surgery is right for them; together they can review information on options and risks in order to make an informed decision.

Before surgery, our board-certified anesthesiologists complete a comprehensive patient evaluation to determine the type and amount of anesthesia that would be most appropriate for you, and they provide a consultation. During surgery, the anesthesiologists monitor your vital signs and control your level of consciousness and pain. After the surgery, they monitor your recovery from anesthesia.

Surgical departments

Going home after surgery

Before you leave the hospital, your nurse will review your medication and discharge instructions with you and your family. Included will be an activity sheet for your proposed plan of care. Below are guidelines for a healthy recovery.

After surgery care (for more post patients)

  • Take it easy for the rest of the day.
  • Don’t drive or operate any dangerous machinery.
  • Don’t do things that require you to think, act quickly or work carefully.
  • Don’t drink alcoholic beverages.
  • Take medications only as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Don’t make important decisions or sign legal papers.

Food and drink

  • You should eat lightly. A diminished appetite is normal.
  • Start with clear fluids, water or clear juice, and then advance gradually to your regular diet.
  • Have something in your stomach, such as toast or crackers, when taking your pain medications.

Activity and discomfort

  • You should expect some discomfort. The amount you experience will depend mostly on the type of surgery you had.
  • As a general rule of thumb, if an activity hurts too much, don’t do it.
  • If your discomfort is not relieved by the prescribed pain medication or you are having side effects from the medication, call your surgeon.

When to call the doctor

  • Temperature of 101˚ Fahrenheit or higher
  • Difficulty urinating or inability to urinate
  • Nausea and vomiting that last more than 24 hours
  • Worsening pain not relieved by pain medicine
  • Increased swelling around an incision
  • Redness that is spreading around an incision
  • Bright red blood, or foul-smelling discharge coming from a wound

Preparing your child for surgery

Eastern Idaho Regional offers pre-surgery tours with a child life specialist to help families and kids prepare for surgery. The goal of these tours is to help familiarize a child/teen to the environment and medical equipment, ease anxieties and clear up any misconceptions about surgery.

During the tour, our child life specialist will use developmentally appropriate education and therapeutic play, in order for the patient to understand and participate during their care.

Below you’ll also find advice for talking to and preparing your child about an upcoming procedure.

  • Be honest. If your child asks a question to which you can’t respond, say that you don’t know but will try to find the answer.
  • Use familiar words. Use words that your child understands and that are non-threatening. For example, use sore instead of pain. When describing an anesthesiologist, you might say “sleep doctor.” Say “small opening” instead of “cut.”
  • Talk about how the surgery will help your child.
  • Let your child know that you will be at the hospital during the operation and that you will take him or her home afterwards.
  • Bring a favorite toy or blanket to the hospital.
  • Let your child make choices before and after surgery, such as which toy to bring to the hospital.
  • Encourage your child to draw pictures to express their thoughts about surgery.

To schedule a free pre-surgery tour, please make a reservation by calling our child life specialist at (208) 529-7288.