General surgery in the Greater Salty Lake City area

Ogden Regional Medical Center has several options to meet your surgical needs, whether you need inpatient or outpatient surgery in northern Utah. Our advanced surgical technologies and minimally invasive procedures help patients see greater results with smaller incisions and move on to faster recoveries.

Inpatient and outpatient surgeries are performed at the main Ogden Regional Medical Center campus, followed by recovery options in our Ambulatory Care Unit or one of our other post-op or rehabilitation units.

If your physician has recommended a surgical procedure and you’d like to make an appointment with a surgeon, call us at (801) 479-2920 or (866) 887-5384.

Surgical services

Ogden Regional Medical Center provides a range of services for all of your surgical needs. In addition to open surgery, we also provide robotic and minimally invasive surgeries.

Gynecological surgery

When medication and non-invasive procedures fail to relieve symptoms, surgery remains the accepted and most effective treatment for a range of gynecologic conditions including:

  • Cervical, uterine and ovarian cancer
  • Endometriosis
  • Menorrhagia or excessive bleeding
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Painful periods
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Vaginal prolapse

We also offer minimally invasive gynecologic surgery options including:

  • Hysterectomy
  • Myomectomy
  • Sacrocolpoepexy
  • Oophorectomy

Urology surgery

Our urology specialists are available to provide the following urologic surgeries such as:

  • Radical prostatectomy
  • Partial nephrectomy
  • Radical nephrectomy
  • Cystectomy
  • Pyelopasty
  • Nethroureterectomy

These options are also available in a robot-assisted option.

Robotic-assisted surgeries

Ogden Regional Medical Center in Weber County was the first hospital in the Western United States to install the most advanced version of the da Vinci™ Surgical System. Integrating computer-enhanced technology with our surgeon's experience and skill enhances healing and promotes a full recovery for an increasing number of our patients. Learn more about out robotic surgery options.

Additional surgical procedures we offer include:

  • Ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgery
  • Cardiovascular
  • General surgery
  • Neurological surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Ophthalmic surgery
  • Plastic surgery
  • Podiatric surgery
  • Trauma surgery

Preparing for surgery

Scheduling

Your physician has scheduled a date and time for your surgery. Sometimes, due to various factors, such as an unexpected emergency surgery, your scheduled procedure time may change. If a foreseeable change is needed, we will contact you the day prior to your original appointment.

Insurance precertification

Insurance companies usually require that non-emergency operations be approved in advance. We will attempt to pre-certify you for your surgery. For your protection, however, you should double-check with your surgeon's office or your insurance carrier(s) to make sure approval has been granted.

For help in pre-certification, call the Admissions Department at (801) 479-2000. If you do not have health insurance or other financial assistance, please call or visit our Patient Access Department, where our financial counselors can help you.

Registration

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 easily and conveniently pre-register online once your surgery date is scheduled, or call (801) 479-2000.

Day of surgery

Arrival

Park in the visitor's parking lot and use the front entrance of the hospital. There is free valet parking available between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, if you choose to utilize the service. Please check in at the front desk, even if you have pre-registered. Your hospital registration process will be completed and you and your family will then be shown to the waiting room. The pre-operative nurse will bring you and your family back to the unit where they will guide you through the admission process.

Admission

In surgical admissions, you will be prepared for surgery. Any final instructions will be given to you and any questions you have will be answered. You will change out of your clothes and into a hospital gown. There are warm blankets and warmers available for your use.

A pre-surgical assessment, a review of your health history, surgical and anesthesia consents will all be completed in the pre-operative unit at this time. All medications that you are taking will be reviewed and an IV will be started for medications used in the operating room. In addition to your pre-surgical nurse, the operating room nurse, surgeon and anesthesiologist will also be asking you questions to enable them to provide you with the best care possible. You may be asked the same questions several times so we can assure we don’t miss any important information.

In the pre-operative unit, you lie on a stretcher (a specialty patient bed) and you will be taken to the operating room on the same stretcher. You will be asked to move from the stretcher onto the operating table. The nurse will put a safety belt on you as a precaution since the operating room table is narrow and you may be medicated. You will be asked to breathe oxygen through a mask to increase the amount of oxygen in your body before the anesthesia is administered. The anesthesia provider will be there the entire surgery to continuously monitor and care for you.

Operation

After you are asleep, the nurses and technicians position your body on the operating table and prepare your skin with a special antiseptic to decrease the chance of infection. Sterile surgical drapes will be placed over your body, leaving only a small window over the surgical site through which the operation will be performed.

During surgery, you will be either asleep or under sedation. If you are under sedation, you may be awake enough to communicate with your anesthesia provider. Medication will be injected into the surgical site so you will not feel the pain. When you awaken, your surgical site will have a bandage, cast, brace or some other type of wound protector specific to your surgery. You will receive instructions on your care once you are ready to leave by your post- operative nurse.

Recovery room

If you have received general anesthesia (which puts you fully to sleep), you will be taken to the recovery room until you are awake enough to breathe on your own. You will have oxygen on, delivered by mask or nasal tubes. You will also have heart monitor pads on your chest and a pulse monitor on your finger.

You will remain in the PACU for one to two hours where you will be closely monitored. During this time, pain control will be established and your vital signs will be monitored. Your PACU nurse will also make sure that you are not nauseated and are breathing without difficulty.

If you have received sedation, you may go directly to the post-operative unit. Depending on your surgery, you may go home from there or if you are staying overnight, you will be transferred to one of the hospital units. Please bring comfortable clothing because you will want something that is easy to put on after surgery. If you are having a surgery where you will have a cast or a brace, make sure that your clothing will be able to fit over it.