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Surgical Services



Dr. Jose Moguel heads the Department of Surgery at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH). Surgical services are accessed through the Specialist Clinics, outpatient clinics, through emergency and by referrals from any medical unit country wide. Acute trauma care such as gunshots, traffic accidents, falls and burns are often accessed through the Accident and Emergency Unit at KHMH.


We want to make your surgery experience as comfortable as possible. If you have any questions about your specific surgery, be sure to talk with your physician. We’ll do everything we can to address any concerns you may have about your surgical care. Don’t hesitate to call us: (501) 223-1548, 223-1639 or 223-1671


You may be having:


  • Short-stay surgery, which means you will be staying as a patient in the hospital overnight.
  • Day case, which means you will stay at the hospital for a few hours following your surgery, but will go home the same day.
  • Inpatient surgery, which means you, will stay as a patient at the hospital for a few days following surgery.


Illness: If you develop a cold, fever or other illness of any kind before your surgery, call your surgeon. He or she may want to reschedule your surgery for a time when you are feeling better.


Food: You may eat and drink fluids until midnight on the day before your surgery. After midnight, do not eat food in any form. During the three hours before surgery, you may have no food or fluids.


If your infant or child younger than three years of age is having surgery, please consult your surgeon.


If you make a mistake and eat or drink, please tell us. For your safety, your surgery may be rescheduled.


About medication: Discuss with your physician any medications you are taking and determine which medications you may safely take on the day before surgery. This includes prescription medications and over-the-counter medications, including aspirin.


General anesthesia: If your surgery requires an intravenous (IV) anesthetic, plan to have someone with you for 24 hours following surgery. Make arrangements for someone to drive you to and from the hospital. Someone must drive you home or accompany you home on public transportation.


Local anesthesia: If your surgery requires local anesthesia, ask your surgeon for instructions about eating and drinking on the day of surgery. If no instructions are given, do not eat or drink anything after midnight before your surgery. Verify with your surgeon which, if any, of your regular medications you may take the day of surgery. If you are having local anesthetic only, you may drive yourself home (if you are not restricted by the type of surgery done). If you have a local anesthetic with IV sedation, you may NOT drive yourself home.


Clothing: Wear loose, comfortable clothing and low-heeled shoes.

  • Do not wear makeup or nail polish.
  • Bathe or shower before coming to the hospital.
  • Brush your teeth. Do not swallow.
  • Bring a case or container for contact lenses or glasses.
  • Do not take any medications—prescription or nonprescription—on the day of your surgery without your physician’s specific permission. If you take heart or blood pressure medications, you will be instructed which medications to take with a sip of water on the morning of surgery.
  • Bring a list of all your medications, including vitamins, taken on a regular basis, both prescription and nonprescription. If you have any allergies to medications, foods, or environmental allergens (bandages, bee stings, smoke, etc.) bring a list of these as well.
  • Leave money, credit cards and all valuables—including jewelry and your wallet—at home.
  • For children who will be having surgery, please bring a stuffed animal, doll, blanket or pacifier if needed.

During surgery, your vital signs will be watched closely. Patches containing leads for monitoring your heart will be placed on your chest. A small clip (pulse oximeter) is placed on your finger to monitor your pulse and the amount of oxygen in your blood.


Your surgery may take more or less time than your physician estimated. If your surgery takes longer, it does not mean that anything is wrong. Your family will be told how you are doing. Once your surgery is over, the physician or an assistant will come to the waiting area to talk with your family.


After your surgery, you will be taken to a recovery area where you will stay for about an hour.


A nurse will closely monitor you as you wake up from the anesthesia, checking your vital signs frequently.


If you have pain, ask your nurse to give you pain medication.


Your family is not allowed to visit you in the recovery area. Once you are awake and your vital signs are normal, you will be taken to your hospital room or recovery area. Your family will be able to visit you there.



Please remember that the effects of the anesthesia medications go away very slowly. Do not plan on doing anything important the day of or day after your surgery. You will feel drowsy for hours after your surgery. For these reasons, you MUST NOT drive a car, work with machinery, or sign any important papers for at least 24 hours.






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