Surgical Services

Surgical Services

When it comes to your surgical needs, we understand that it can be a challenging and overwhelming time for both you and your loved ones. That’s why at South Arkansas Regional Hospital , we are dedicated to providing exceptional surgical care, utilizing advanced technology, and having a team of knowledgeable and experienced surgeons.

Our hospital offers a comprehensive range of general and specialized surgical procedures to address various medical conditions. What sets us apart is our commitment to patient safety, care, and comfort throughout your surgical journey.

Located in the Larkin Wilson Center at the east end of our facility, our surgery department features eight modern surgical suites, including two specialized cardiac surgery suites. We have assembled a team of highly skilled anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other medical professionals who are specially trained in surgical and recovery care. They work closely with your surgeon to provide the support needed during your procedure.

We offer a wide variety of surgical options, including laparoscopic, arthroscopic, and general surgeries, along with specialty procedures. We understand that convenience and timely recovery are important to you, which is why many of our surgeries can be performed in our one-day surgery unit. This allows patients from South Arkansas and North Louisiana to return home on the same day.

To ensure the smooth progression of your surgery, your doctor may request diagnostic studies or laboratory work before your scheduled procedure. We require patients to pre-register and complete these screenings to avoid any delays or cancellations.

We understand that you may have questions or concerns about your surgical journey. Our skilled teams are here to work closely with you, your family, and your primary care doctors to address any inquiries and provide the support you need. Our goal is to make your surgical experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

What to Expect

When you arrive at South Arkansas Regional Hospital for your surgery, our friendly volunteer staff will warmly welcome you and guide you to the nurse’s desk. To ensure your safety, we will ask you a series of questions, and you’ll notice that all our hospital staff wear picture ID badges, providing you with peace of mind.

Here’s a helpful checklist to prepare you for the day of surgery:

  • Arrange for someone to drive you home from the hospital after your surgery. You will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours post-surgery.
  • Refrain from using any tobacco products for 24 hours before your procedure.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol for 24 hours before your surgery.
  • Remember to bring all your medications with you.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to your surgery. This includes water, chewing gum, mints, lozenges, and chewing tobacco.
  • Take a regular shower using antibacterial soap, but avoid shaving, especially in the area where the surgery will take place.
  • Brush your teeth, but be cautious not to swallow any water.
  • If you use denture adhesive, please avoid using it on the day of surgery.
  • Refrain from wearing makeup, especially mascara.
  • If you wear contact lenses, bring a container and solution to store them in during your surgery.
  • Remove all body jewelry before your arrival at the hospital.
  • Take your medications as directed during your pre-screening visit. If you have used an inhaler in the past, remember to bring it with you.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing on the day of your surgery.

Pediatric patients

For the comfort of your child, we kindly ask that a parent or legal guardian remains with them in their room throughout their stay. Feel free to bring their favorite sippy cup, toy, or blanket to make them feel more at ease. If your child requires an IV, it will be placed after they are asleep in the operating room, as children often find it uncomfortable and try to remove it. However, if your child is old enough to understand, you can help them prepare for the IV ahead of time. We provide coloring books that explain what will happen during their hospital visit.


For the most up-to-date visitor guidelines, please refer to our patients and visitors page.


After your surgery, your surgeon will meet with your family to provide an update on the procedure. You will spend 30-60 minutes in the recovery room and will be returned to your room once you have recovered from the anesthesia. Some surgeries may require a hospital stay, while others may allow you to go home after one hour in your room, depending on your condition. It is important to have someone available to stay with you at home for at least 24 hours after your surgery. You will receive a follow-up appointment, post-operative instructions, and a copy of your medication list.

Regarding your diet, our staff will start you off with clear liquids to drink immediately after your surgery. Once you are home, you can gradually transition to any liquids. If you experience nausea, please refrain from drinking anything for 30 minutes and then start the process over again. If the nausea persists, please contact your doctor for further guidance. Some surgeries may require a stricter diet, and your doctor will provide you with this information in advance.

Please note that you should refrain from driving for 24 hours after your surgery, as the effects of anesthesia can linger in your system.

Returning to Work

The timeline for returning to work will be determined by your doctor. Minor procedures often allow for a return to work within a couple of days, while more extensive surgeries may require a week or more of recovery time before you can resume your work responsibilities. Your doctor will provide specific guidance tailored to your individual case.

It’s important to prioritize your healing and listen to your body during this time. If you have any concerns or questions about your recovery or returning to work, don’t hesitate to reach out to your doctor for further clarification and support.

We are here to support you every step of the way on your journey to recovery.

Preparing for Surgery

When it comes to your surgical needs, South Arkansas Regional Hospital is here to provide a supportive experience. We understand that undergoing surgery can be a significant event for you and your loved ones. That’s why we are committed to delivering exceptional surgical care, supported by advanced technology and highly skilled surgeons.

To ensure a smooth and timely surgical process, it is important to complete any necessary diagnostic tests and lab work before your scheduled surgery. We recommend pre-admitting to the hospital, as it allows us to provide you with the safest and most efficient care possible.

During the screening, which typically takes about an hour or two, we will ask you to provide various pieces of information, including:

  • Your health history
  • Depending on your medical history, an EKG, lab work, or chest X-ray may be required
  • Signatures for surgical and anesthesia consent forms
  • A comprehensive list of all medications and supplements you are currently taking
  • Details of any past surgeries you have undergone
  • Information regarding any allergies you have to medications, foods, dyes, or other substances
  • Copies of reports from previous diagnostic tests or procedures, such as heart catheterization or cardiac evaluations
  • Copies of any relevant tests conducted within the last 6-12 months, such as EKG, chest X-ray, complete blood count (CBC), basic metabolic profile (BMP), or clotting tests (PT, PTTP). These records can typically be obtained from the medical records department of the facility where the procedures were performed.

If you experience a fever or develop a cold, cough, or congestion between scheduling the surgery and the procedure date, please notify your surgeon promptly. Depending on your condition, it may be necessary to postpone the surgery to ensure your safety and optimal recovery.

Your well-being and comfort are our top priorities at South Arkansas Regional Hospital. We are dedicated to providing you with exceptional care and guidance throughout your surgical journey.

Inpatient and Outpatient Surgery

South Arkansas Regional Hospital provides both inpatient and outpatient surgical services to meet the diverse needs of our patients. Whether you require a brief outpatient procedure or a more extensive inpatient surgery, our experienced medical team is dedicated to delivering exceptional care throughout your surgical journey.

Choosing the Right Approach

When consulting with you, your surgeon will determine whether your procedure is best suited for outpatient or inpatient surgery based on various factors, including the complexity of the surgery, anticipated recovery timeline, and your overall health condition. Rest assured that our medical team will guide you through the decision-making process and recommend the most appropriate approach for your specific situation.

Regardless of whether you undergo inpatient or outpatient surgery, our priority at South Arkansas Regional Hospital is to ensure your safety, comfort, and successful recovery. We are committed to providing exceptional surgical care, advanced technology, and compassionate support throughout your surgical experience.

If you have any questions or concerns about inpatient or outpatient surgery, our dedicated team is here to provide you with the information and guidance you need for a smooth and successful surgical journey.

Our Endoscopy Lab (Colonoscopy, EGD, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy)

Discover Advanced Endoscopy Services at South Arkansas Regional Hospital

Our Endoscopy Lab is equipped with advanced technology and staffed by a team of skilled healthcare professionals. We specialize in performing a range of minimally invasive procedures that play a crucial role in diagnosing and treating various gastrointestinal conditions and include:

Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy is a procedure that allows for the examination of the colon and rectum using a flexible tube with a camera attached to it, called a colonoscope. It is a highly effective screening tool for detecting and preventing colorectal cancer, as well as diagnosing and treating other gastrointestinal conditions. During a colonoscopy, our experienced gastroenterologists can identify abnormalities, such as polyps or inflamed tissue, and if necessary, perform biopsies or remove polyps.

EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy): EGD, also known as upper endoscopy, is a procedure used to examine the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. It involves the use of a thin, flexible tube with a camera called an endoscope. EGD is commonly used to diagnose and treat conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), peptic ulcers, gastritis, and Barrett’s esophagus. Our skilled gastroenterologists can obtain tissue samples, perform biopsies, and even treat certain abnormalities during the procedure.

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy: Flexible sigmoidoscopy is a procedure that enables the examination of the lower part of the colon (sigmoid colon) and rectum. It is particularly useful in evaluating symptoms such as rectal bleeding, changes in bowel habits, or the presence of polyps. During the procedure, a flexible tube with a camera, called a sigmoidoscope, is inserted into the rectum to visualize and assess the health of the sigmoid colon. Flexible sigmoidoscopy can aid in the early detection of colorectal cancer and other conditions affecting the lower gastrointestinal tract.

Why Choose Our Endoscopy Lab?

When it comes to your gastrointestinal health, our Endoscopy Lab at South Arkansas Regional Hospital stands out as a premier choice. Our team of highly skilled gastroenterologists and specialized healthcare professionals brings extensive expertise in performing advanced endoscopic procedures. With state-of-the-art technology and a patient-centric approach, we prioritize your comfort and safety throughout your journey. From accurate diagnoses to personalized treatment plans and comprehensive follow-up care, we are dedicated to delivering exceptional quality and ensuring your digestive health is in the best hands possible.

If you require a Colonoscopy, EGD, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, or any other endoscopic procedure, our dedicated team at the South Arkansas Regional Hospital Endoscopy Lab is here to provide you with exceptional care. Rest assured that we are committed to your digestive health and overall well-being.