Peri-operative Nurse (413) 664-5081
Operating Room (413) 664-5244
NARH’s surgeons perform a wide variety of surgery including general surgery, orthopedics, OB/GYN, endoscopy, urology, eye surgery, plastic surgery, and more. Many types of surgery today are less invasive and only require a short stay at the hospital – for one day or less.
NARH’s Surgical Services division has completed a major expansion and modernization. With the expansion we now offer state-of-the-art main operating rooms, along with four procedure rooms as part of our endoscopy program.
Prior to surgery you will be contacted by our peri-operative nurse to discuss details of your procedure and cover other information you’ll need to know.
Perioperative (Pre-Operative) Nurse Visit
Office is on first floor of NARH off of the main lobby
Before surgery at North Adams Regional Hospital, you will probably spend some time with our Perioperative Nurse. The perioperative nurse is there to be sure all of your questions are answered and to make sure everything goes smoothly on the day of your surgery to avoid delays or cancellations. This visit will take place about five days prior to surgery.
The perioperative nurse will:
- Review your health history
- Arrange for an interpreter if necessary
- Check to be sure that all lab tests and other pre-operative tests have been ordered and conducted
- Go over your surgical procedure with you, step by step
- Ensure that your questions are answered
- Review what you need to know for home care afterwards (including whether you should have meals prepared ahead of time)
The nurse is also your liaison to your anesthesiologist. It’s important to identify any potential conflicts ahead of surgery; the nurse will consult with the anesthesiologist on any issues the doctor needs to consider.
Because you are likely to feel after-effects from anesthesia, we require that day surgery patients have someone drive them home at the end of the day. You should also not be responsible for child care when you get home.
On the day of surgery, wear comfortable clothes that are easy to put on after your procedure.
When you come to the hospital, please park in the main front parking lot and enter the main lobby. Please check in with the Admissions office in the main lobby.
Our nurses will prepare you for your procedure and make sure all of your questions are answered. Don’t be shy about asking! It’s normal to be apprehensive, and our Short Stay Unit staff wants to be sure you are as comfortable as possible.
Your surgeon will explain and answer questions about your surgery. He or she will determine if you will need a pre-operative visit and/or any testing before your surgery. You will need to sign a consent form that gives your surgeon permission to operate. Tell your surgeon about any medication that you take, including over-the-counter medications.
Some things to remember before your surgery:
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the day of surgery. This includes gum or candy.
- Do not smoke or drink alcohol for at least 24 hours before surgery.
- Shower or bathe as usual either the night before or morning of surgery. PLEASE DO NOT WEAR DEODORANT, COLOGNES, PERFUMES, SCENTED POWDERS OR ANY SCENTED PRODUCTS.
- Leave jewelry and valuables at home.
- Ask your surgeon which of your usual medications you should take on the morning of surgery. In most cases, you should take your usual medicines with a small sip of water.
- For your comfort after surgery, wear loose clothes and low-heeled shoes.
- Report any change in your physical condition, such as a cold, persistent cough, fever, or flu, to your doctor.
- Have a ride home available. You may not drive a vehicle or take a bus or taxi alone. If your escort wishes to leave the hospital, we will telephone them when you are ready to go home.
Please make arrangements for the care of your children the day of surgery. This allows us to focus on you, the patient.
Endoscopy and Colonoscopy
North Adams Regional Hospital doubled the number of its endoscopy procedure rooms to accommodate increased demand for various endoscopic services, including screening colonoscopy.
Colonoscopy is the only procedure which prevents cancer by removing polyps. It is a relatively simple outpatient procedure that saves lives by finding pre-cancerous growths. Patients prepare for it by using a strong laxative the day before the test, to clear the colon. Most patients receive “conscious sedation” during a colonoscopy to keep them relaxed. Because it’s an outpatient procedure, patients go home after recovery in the Short Stay Unit at NARH.
During a colonoscopy, your physician will use a thin, flexible, lighted tube equipped with a small camera (the colonoscope) to capture images of the colon. These high-quality images can reveal polyps, inflamed tissue, ulcers, bleeding, or abnormal growths. The colonoscope also allows the doctor to use very small instruments to remove polyps or tissue, or to stop any bleeding.
“Don’t die of embarrassment.” That’s what many physicians will tell you, if you’re bashful about asking for a colonoscopy. Talk with your doctor; if you are over 50 or if there is a family history of colorectal cancer, your doctor can make arrangements for a colonoscopy. Most insurance plans will pay for a screening colonoscopy.
Our Medical Staff
Physicians at NARH who perform colonoscopies and other endoscopic procedures are highly trained and experienced. They include gastroenterologist Chi Zhang, M.D.and surgeon Lou Reines, M.D.