Surgical Care at El Paso Specialty Hospital
What is the benefit of having surgery at El Paso Specialty Hospital vs. a traditional hospital?
At El Paso Specialty Hospital our physicians and staff are focused on providing the highest level of treatment and care to each of our patients. We have multiple specialists to meet various needs including total joint replacement, pain management, neck and spine, foot and ankle, hand, wrist and elbow, MRI, hyperbaric therapy and wound care, emergency care, weight loss surgery, laparoscopic abdominal surgery or laparoscopic gynecological surgery. Our smaller size allows us to provide a more intimate and comfortable setting for our patients.
Will procedures at El Paso Specialty Hospital be covered by my insurance policy?
We know how important it is to get the medical care you need, especially when surgery is required. We also understand how difficult it can be to have enough finances to cover such surgeries. Fortunately, El Paso Specialty Hospital is an approved provider on most plans and accepts most insurances. We will be happy to work with your insurance company in making arrangements for coverage and/or acceptance on their plan.
What do I need to bring with me for registration before my surgery?
When you arrive for surgery, please ensure you have your insurance cards, social security card (patient’s and parent’s, if applicable), and a driver’s license or other photo identification. We may also require a copay, depending on your insurance coverage plan. If you have any previous laboratory results or previous reports from former EKGs or X-rays, it will be beneficial for you to bring them in. If you would like an advance directive to be included and followed, we must have one in our records.
What personal items should I bring with me for surgery?
For outpatients, we suggest you bring a set of comfortable clothes for discharge and a case for dentures, contacts, or glasses if you have any. Inpatients should bring set of comfortable clothes for the entire length of stay and discharge, several sets of undergarments, a case for dentures, contacts, or glasses (if applicable), and a pair of well-fitted house slippers/shoes. All patients should bring their medications in the original containers, DO NOT bring them in pre-arranged pill boxes. If you have a walker, cane or crutches, you may bring them in for us to review and determine use for after surgery. We will provide all basic toiletry items and also request that you do not bring any jewelry or extra money along with you.
Can I drive myself home after surgery?
No! You MUST have a friend or family member drive you home when discharged. If you will be going to a rehabilitation facility, our staff will make all of the arrangements for your transportation. However, friends and family members will have to transport any floral arrangements you may have received.
Are there any safety precautions I should be aware of prior to surgery?
We ask that you DO NOT eat or drink anything after midnight the night prior to your surgery. Please discuss any current medications with your doctor prior to your surgery date as some medications should not be taken before surgery. It is also a very good idea to ensure that your home is ready for your return. Remove any tripping hazards, such as throw rugs, and rearrange furniture for easy access. You may want to install shower rails and a handheld shower hose if you feel it would benefit your comfort and safety. Preparing and freezing meals in single-serving bags can help conserve your energy and allow you to rest after surgery.
If you have more questions or would like more tips for life after surgery, please contact us today at (915) 544-3636. Schedule a visit with our pre assessment nursing staff so that you are well informed about what to do before surgery, when arriving and after discharge.