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.

For more information about our surgical services, please call (208) 529-6111. If you have a surgery scheduled, please pre-register online.

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Many procedures can be performed with robotic surgery capabilities to decrease recovery times, complications and discomfort for patients. In fact, many surgical procedures don’t require lengthy hospital stays or an overnight stay at all.

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

Advanced surgical technology

With the investment of state-of-the-art equipment in our operating rooms, Eastern Idaho Regional has positioned itself as the regional leader for neurological and otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) surgeries. These investments provide more technological capabilities than all hospitals in Salt Lake City and Boise.

A unique surgical pairing—the high-powered O-Arm Imaging System and the StealthStation S7 Surgical Navigation System—is a match coveted by surgeons in cities and hospitals much larger than ours. Used together, these devices enable faster, more precise and less invasive spine surgeries, in a reduced radiation environment. Used separately, the Stealth gives better options to ear, nose and throat surgeries (ENT).

Preparing for surgery

It is helpful if you can complete registration information at least seven to 10 days before your surgery. This ensures that all approvals are confirmed and information is complete and accurate. You can conveniently pre-register online once your surgery date is scheduled.

Insurance companies usually require that non-emergency operations be approved in advance. Our staff will attempt to pre-certify you for your surgery, however, you should still confirm approval with your surgeon’s office or insurance provider.

Sometimes your surgery appointment may change due to unforeseen factors, like an unexpected emergency surgery. If a change is needed, we will contact you the day before your appointment.

For help in pre-certification, call the admissions department at (208) 529-6105.

If you do not have health insurance or other financial assistance, please call or visit our patient access department. Financial counselors are available on the first floor near the front lobby and at the following phone numbers:

What to do and not do before surgery

Unless instructed otherwise by your doctor, please follow the guidelines below when preparing for surgery.

Wear clean clothes (including socks) that are easy to take off, and wear your dentures, eyeglasses and hearing aids. Bathe and brush your teeth prior to surgery, but don’t swallow water. Bring inhalers, medications (as instructed) and any necessary equipment, such as a cane or crutches. Bring a favorite toy/blanket and special formula and/or diapers for children having surgery.

Don’t eat or drink after midnight before the surgery. This includes ice, water, gum and candy. Don’t use any tobacco products 24 hours before surgery. Don’t wear make-up, nail polish or contact lenses. Don’t take any medications (including insulin) the morning before your surgery or take water pills. Don’t bring any valuables, like jewelry, to the hospital, and don’t drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours before surgery. Don’t bring children to the hospital unless you also bring an adult to supervise them.

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.