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Surgical Services

Locations   Days Hours Phone 
Van Wert County Hospital, 2nd floor                Monday – Friday             6:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.                  419-238-2390       
Van Wert Health Center, Suite 107 Monday – Friday      6:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.     419-238-8658 

Every patient is important. Whether it is a simple surgical intervention or an extremely complex procedure for high-risk surgical patients, the focus is always on helping each patient achieve his or her best level of health.  Van Wert County Hospital has several options to meet your surgical needs whether inpatient surgery where you recover from your surgery in the hospital or outpatient surgery where you go home the same day.

Surgery Preparation

Before Surgery - Food and Drink
During surgery, it is important to have an empty stomach to avoid vomiting and associated complications. Therefore, you may be asked not to eat or drink anything several hours before surgery (including water, gum and candy). The nurse will give you instructions.

Getting Ready on the Day of Surgery
Bathe or shower as usual the day of your surgery, removing all makeup and nail polish.  At the hospital, you will change into a hospital gown. At this time, you should remove contact lenses. Please be sure to notify your nurse if you have dentures or partial plates.

Please bring:
  • A list of your medications.
  • Metered dose inhaler, if you use one.
  • Most current insurance cards, information for billing, and any pre authorizations required for services.
  • A list of any allergies you may have.
  • Advance Directives if you wish them to be a part of your medical record (Living Will/Medical Durable Power of Attorney.)

Please do not bring valuables. The hospital cannot be responsible for your jewelry and other valuables. Please leave them at home or give them to a family member to hold for you until after your procedure.

Pre-operation medication
You may receive pre-operation medication to help you relax. You should not take your regular medications unless ordered by a physician. You will be instructed which medications you should take the day of surgery. Some medications and herbal products should be discontinued well in advance of your surgery. Please verify that information with your physician.

We will make final surgical preparations in the Day Surgery area before taking you to the operating room. Your operating room nurse will introduce him or herself, ask your name and date of birth, then ask a few more questions. An Anesthesia Provider will speak with you and answer questions before administering your anesthetic.

Instructions for Family and Visitors who are Waiting
Family members and visitors may wait in the Surgery Waiting Area during your surgery. A phone extension is posted for you to call to help answer any questions. Our nurses and physicians will look for your family there to give updates during and after your surgery. A pager will be provided to the family to let them know when the surgery is completed and return to the consultation room to meet with the doctor.

Find A Surgeon
If your physician has recommended a surgical procedure and you'd like to speak to or make an appointment with a surgeon at Van Wert County Hospital, please call 419-238-2390 for a physician referral.

General Surgery

Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal
Laparoscopic Appendectomy
Laparoscopic Hernia Repairs
Mediport Insertion
Feeding Tube Insertion
Incision and Drainage Abscess
Breast Biopsy
Removal of Mass
Open Hernia Repairs with Mesh Insertion
Colon Resection
Exploratory Laparotomy

Colostomy Closure
Mastectomy (Breast Removal for Cancer)
Sentinal Node Biopsy and Frozen Sections
Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)

Orthopedic Surgery

Knee Arthroscopy
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction (ACL)
Carpal Tunnel Release
Excision of Ganglion
Trigger Finger Repair
Removal of Hardware
Knee Manipulations
Tenodesis Bicep
Surgical Repair of Simple Fractures
ORIF Hip Fracture
Shoulder Acromioplasty
Rotator Cuff Repair
Shoulder Arthroscopy
Total Joint Replacement Knee
Total Joint Replacement Hip

     Vascular/Thoracic Surgery        

Carotid Endarterectomy
Femerol-Popliteal Bypass
Pacemaker Insertion

Dental Surgery

Dental Extraction Under Anesthesia

Gynecology Surgery

Diagnostic Laparoscopy
Tubal Sterilization
Endometrial Ablation
D&C with Hysteroscopy
Drainage of Ovarian Cysts (Laparoscopic)
Destruction of Endometriosis (Laparoscopic)
Urinary Incontinence Treatment
Cervical Cancer Diagnosis (LEEP)
Vacuum Curettage
Hysteroscopic Tubal Occlusion (Essure)
Lasering of Genital Condyloma
Total Vaginal Hysterectomy
Laparoscopic Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy
Anterior and Posterior Vaginal Repair
Abdominal Hysterectomy
Laparoscopic Hystectomy 
Enterocele and Cystocele Repair
Obstetrical Surgery
Cesarean Section
Cervical Cerclage
Epidural Services

Urology Surgery

Stent Placement
Trans Urethral Resection Prostate (TURP)
Trans Urethral Resection Bladder Tumor
Urethral Dilation
Bladder biopsy

Podiatry Surgery

Amputation of Toes
Repair of Tendons
Repair of Foot, Ankle, and Toe Fractures
Lasering of Warts
Correction of Toe Deformities, Hammertoes and Bunions
Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy
Ankle Arthroscopy
Achilles Tendon Lengthening

Anesthesia Services

PICC Line Insertion
Spinal Anesthesia
General Anesthesia
Monitored Anesthesia Care
Bier Blocks
Scalene Blocks
Difficult Airway Management