West Valley Medical Center offers state-of-the-art facilities, advanced technology and cost-effective medical care. From preadmission through recovery, our surgical care services team has the experience and dedication to make your stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

If you have any questions regarding surgery preparation, pain management or after surgery care, please call (208) 455-4251.

Our staff is composed of highly skilled surgeons, nurses, technicians and medical support staff. Our teams work closely with our patients and their doctors’ offices to ensure patients are fully prepared for their surgical procedures.

Surgical specialties

West Valley Medical Center specializes in the following specialties:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Ear, nose and throat (ENT)
  • Endoscopy
  • General surgery
  • Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pain management
  • Urology

Laparoscopic surgical procedures

Our board-certified surgeons perform a wide variety of laparoscopic surgical procedures, including:

  • Appendectomy
  • Laparoscopic-assisted colectomy
  • Gastric banding
  • Bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy
  • Ovarian cystectomy
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Hernia repair
  • Nissen repair
  • Umbilical hernia repair
  • Diagnostic laparoscopy
  • Laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy

Preparing for surgery

Seeing a preadmission nurse is one way we prepare patients for surgery. This nursing team member takes a medical and surgical history, does any preoperative testing ordered by the surgeon, provides you with information about the admission and discharge process and begins the patient record. We encourage patients to ask questions about the hospital process and the procedure.

Prior to a procedure, one of our anesthesiologists visits with each patient. Together, you and your anesthesiologist will decide on an appropriate anesthetic. Consent forms and other paperwork are completed in the preoperative area.

A certified surgical technologist and/or registered nurse (RN) prepares the operating room for the procedure, and sterile processing technicians prepare the instruments for use. The operating room team consists of one RN and a certified surgical technician, or two RNs, a certified nurse anesthetist and/or an anesthesiologist and the surgeon.

After-surgery care

After surgery, patients usually go to the post-anesthesia care unit, also known as the recovery room. The experienced nurses in this unit will observe and care for you as you emerge from the anesthetic. From this unit, patients are transferred back to the outpatient unit or to one of the inpatient units.

Outpatient surgery patients usually are discharged one to two hours after they leave recovery. They are given postoperative instructions, prescriptions (if ordered by the surgeon) and information about follow-up appointments with their surgeons.

What is Enhanced Surgical Recovery?

Enhanced Surgical Recovery - also known as ESR - is a proven, research-based partnership in which you have the ability to take a more active role with your clinical care team and help improve your own patient experience as well as surgical outcomes.

How is this program different?

  • We inform and educate patients so they feel well-prepared for the surgery and recovery.
  • Patients drink a carbohydrate-rich beverage before surgery, which helps them to recover faster.
  • Local nerve blocks often replace the use of general anesthesia, which speeds recovery.
  • Our multimodal pain relief plan provides options that keep patients comfortable while avoiding opioids after surgery, whenever possible.
  • We encourage patients to eat, drink and walk around as soon as they can.

Patient benefits

  • Decreased stress response before and after surgery
  • Fewer surgical complications
  • Reduction of bloating and nausea
  • Effective pain management without opioids
  • Faster recovery and decreased hospital stay

ESR plans for patients

Before your surgery

  • Understand pain management and mobility by discussing it thoroughly with your clinical care team
  • Set realistic goals with your clinical care team
  • Stay well hydrated in the days before your surgery
  • Follow your physicians directions for the day before your procedure

After your surgery

  • Move, stand and walk around as much as possible after your surgery
  • Clearly Communicate your level of pain to the clinical care team on a regular basis
  • Revisit your goals with the clinical care team to ensure surgical recovery success