Surgery FAQ - Beaufort Memorial Hospital

Surgery FAQ

The following is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs). To read the answer to each question, please click on the question.


Why have surgery at Beaufort Memorial?

More than 11,000 procedures are performed annually in Beaufort Memorial’s surgical suites. Where possible, surgeons use minimally invasive procedures that reliably reduce risk, downtime and scarring for patients. 
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How risky is surgery?

No surgery is fully risk-free. One way to lower risk is to choose a physician with extensive experience in your condition or treatment. Discuss potential risks with your surgeon in advance of your surgery.
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Can I choose the type of surgery I’ll have?

You and your surgeon will discuss surgical options and any associated risks before a decision is made. Some patients are not candidates for certain surgeries, or their health circumstances prevent the use of some surgical options.
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Who chooses where I have surgery?

You and your doctor will decide the safest, most convenient location for surgery. Some surgeries require tools that are only available in a hospital operating suite while other surgeries, like those in the Beaufort Memorial Ambulatory Surgical Center, don’t require an overnight hospital stay.
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How do I need to prepare for my surgery?

Attend your preoperative appointment and have any required diagnostics. Sign up for MyBMH to set up a health profile and to access medical record data. If your physician provides specific steps to follow the day before surgery, follow them carefully. Patients are commonly advised to not eat, drink or smoke after midnight the day of surgery. 
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Should I stop taking medications before my surgery?

Never stop taking a prescription medication unless directed to do so by your doctor. Current medications will be discussed at your preoperative appointment, so be sure to create a complete list of medications with dosages to share with your care team.
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What kind of anesthesia will be used?

Anesthesia can be general, regional or local or a combination. General anesthesia is chosen so a patient is “asleep” during surgery. To ensure safety, your anesthesiologist closely monitors you before, during and after surgery. Local or regional anesthetics are used to numb areas or very specific parts of the body.
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Can my family visit me before and after my surgery?

A visitor is welcome to join you in the pre-op area. Once you’re stable and have recovered from surgery, you’ll be ready for visitors again unless you prefer privacy.
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Why did I receive multiple bills for my surgery?

With multiple providers taking part in your care, expect to receive separate bills generated by each provider. In addition to your hospital bill, you may also receive a separate bill for radiology, anesthesia, pathology or other physician services. Visit Patient Financial Services for more information.


Still have a question? Please contact your surgeon’s medical practice for assistance.  


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