Oswego Health offers a wide range of surgical services, which are conveniently listed below. The the highly trained and knowledgeable surgical services team is committed to providing the highest-quality care to our patients and is ready at a moment’s notice.
- Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomies
- Roux-en-y gastric bypass
- Transesophageal echocardiograms (TEE's)
General - minimally invasive surgery
- Total Joint
- Hand and Wrist - carpal tunnel
- Sports Medicine - knee orthoscopics
- Foot and Ankle
Our nursing and anesthesia staff provide 24-hour coverage for urgent and emergency procedures.
Colon & Rectal
Ear, Nose & Throat
- August Buerkle, MD
- John Ayres, MD
- Glenn Axelrod, MD
- Michael Diaz, DO
- Seth Greenky, MD
- James Lemley, MD
- Bradley Raphael, MD
- Douglas Dickson, DPM
- Nancy Dean-Grosack, DPM
- Karen Stanley, DPM
- Mark Post, DPM
- Freddie Edelman, DPM
- Justin Beabes, DPM
- Hossain Rouf, DPM
- Chad Rounds, DPM
Below is a helpful list of the most commonly asked pre-surgery questions.
Ask your doctor:
- Are there any prescription or over-the-counter medicines that you should not take before your surgery?
- Can you eat or drink before your surgery?
If you have other questions, write them down and bring the list with you when you visit your physician. Also ask your doctor if labs, x-rays or consults are necessary before surgery, and be sure the forms you need are made available to you.
On the day of surgery ask someone you trust to:
- Take you to and from Oswego Hospital's surgery center
- Be with you at the hospital
- Stay with you at home for the first 24 hours after surgery
Before Your Surgery
Located on the 3rd floor of the hospital, pre-admission testing (PAT) will answer any questions you have about your surgery and will perform a nursing assessment, which includes preoperative instruction and the completion of any required lab work or other physician-requested testing.
You may also have an opportunity to meet additional staff from the anesthesia department and surgical services. This process is initiated when the procedure is scheduled with the surgery center. The pre-admission coordinator may be contacted at 315.349.5703.
Before you leave home the day of surgery:
- Shower, wash your hair, and remove any nail polish from your fingers and toes.
- Do not wear make-up. Surgery staff members will need to see your skin and nails to check your blood circulation.
- Leave your jewelry, money and any valuables at home.
- It is important to stay warm on your way to the hospital—this helps in preventing post-op infection.
- Bring a list of your current medications
Day of Surgery
To register, patients should use the surgery center entrance on West 6th Street. Once inside, take the elevator or stairs to the 2nd floor. For covered entrance and wheelchair assistance, please use our main entrance.
Registration is easy, and when the process is completed, patients will be directed to the waiting area, where a nurse will call them to prepare for surgery. As you might expect, a caring and professional medical team will monitor each patient throughout his or her entire surgery experience.
A comfortable waiting area is available for the family member or friend who is accompanying you on the day of your surgery. Your designated loved one is able to follow your care in the surgery center on our confidential unique patient tracking board. Infants and children should not accompany family the day of surgery. Please make arrangements for their care before coming to the hospital. Visitors are welcome to use the hospital cafeteria or snack bar.
At the Surgery Facility
The staff will ask you to sign a consent form after receiving informed consent from your surgeon. Make sure everything on the form is correct and that all of your questions have been answered. If you do not understand something on the form, do not be afraid to speak up. This form will ask you:
- Your name
- The surgical procedure you will undergo and its location on your body
- That you talked to your doctor about the surgery and asked questions
- Your agreement to have the surgery
Before your surgery:
- Just prior to your surgery, your physician will mark the spot on your body to be operated on with his or her initials. Please ensure that the correct part is marked.
After your surgery:
- Tell your doctor or nurse about your level of pain. Our goal is to assist you with your pain management as effectively as possible during your hospital stay.
- Ask questions about medicines that are given to you—especially new medicines. Ask, "What is it? What is it for? Are there any side effects?" Tell the hospital staff about any allergies you have to medicines. If you have more questions about a medicine, talk to your doctor or nurse before taking it.
- Find out about any IV (intravenous) fluids that you are given. These are liquids that drip from a bag into your vein.
- Ask your doctor if you will need therapy or medicines after you leave the hospital.
- Ask when you can resume activities like work, exercise and travel.