Surgical Services

At Massac Memorial Hospital’s Department of Surgical Services, we understand that choosing a surgeon and the hospital you elect to have surgery in is a very important and often difficult choice. Our skilled physicians and medical staff work as a team to perform innovative procedures with the help of the most advanced medical technology and research. Our goal is to ensure you are receiving outstanding care, close to home.

Surgical patients who choose Massac Memorial Hospital experience exceptional, compassionate care with an emphasis on family involvement in the recovery phase. Our mission is to do whatever it takes to facilitate surgical success with a speedy recovery.

When in need of surgery, you want quality care and a convenient location. You also want to get back to your normal routine as quickly as possible. That’s why Massac Memorial Hospital is the right choice for you.

Jennifer MartinJennifer Martin, RN
Surgery Manager

618-524-2176 ext 239

Jennifer has provided dedicated leadership in Surgery since 1985.

Anesthesia services provided by Randy Wientjes, CRNA and Linda Harris, CRNA. Randy has provided quality anesthesia care since 1986.

At Massac Memorial Hospital, our state-of-the-art surgical suites allow us to perform a variety of inpatient and outpatient procedures. The fully equipped suites are designed to handle a variety of surgical needs, such as Ear Nose & Throat (ENT), Gastroenterology, Urology, and Ophthalmology.

Preoperative Instructions
You will be contacted the day before your procedure informing you of arrival time. Please report at the admissions desk located in the main lobby of the hospital. You will be asked to present your medical insurance card and photo identification.

• Avoid alcohol 24 hours prior to your surgery.
• Avoid tobacco after midnight prior to surgery.
• Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery.
• Minor children must be accompanied by a legal guardian.
• If you are on blood thinners such as Coumadin, Plavix, or aspirin, be sure to ask your physician when you should stop taking them. Avoid aspirin, Vitamin E, Ibuprofen,   Aleve, and all herbal medication one (1) week prior to surgery. Tylenol products are okay to take.
• No children under 12 years of age allowed in the surgery department unless they are a patient.

Bring all your prescription medications, including inhalers, and/or any over-the-counter medications including herbals or vitamins that you take.

• No driving, operating heavy machinery, heavy physical activity, or decision making for 24 hours after receiving  anesthesia or sedation. Make arrangements for a responsible adult to take you home.
• A post-operative follow-up appointment will be made for you before you leave the hospital, if ordered.
• You will be given a post-operative instruction sheet upon discharge from the hospital.
• No makeup
• Remove nail polish and artificial nails from at least one finger of each hand as oxygen is measured by placing a sensor on your fingertip.
• Do not bring valuables – all jewelry and body piercing MUST be removed before surgery.
• Dress simply in loose-fitting clothes (sweat suits are ideal).
• Shower or bathe before coming to the hospital.
• Bring c-pap machine if you have one.
Physicians on the Massac Memorial Hospital medical staff are independent contractors who have been granted privileges at Massac Memorial Hospital. They are not employees or agents of the hospital.