General Surgery

General Surgery

ORMC offers a wide range of surgical procedures, many of which can be performed on a convenient outpatient basis. For major operations, our large surgery department includes special rooms for heart surgeries and orthopedic procedures.

General Surgery

520 East Sixth Street
Odessa, Texas 79761

Same-Day Surgery Pre-Registration

West Campus Surgery Department: 432-582-8270
East Campus Surgery Department: 432-582-8081

Advanced Surgical Procedures and Surgery Preparation 

Minimally Invasive Procedures

Thanks to breakthroughs in medical technology, many surgical procedures that once involved major operations can now be performed through tiny incisions and instruments guided by sophisticated, miniature cameras. As a result, patients heal faster, can return more quickly to their normal activities, and experience much less scarring.

Robotic Assisted Procedures for Partial Knee Replacement

The precision orthopedic surgical system, manufactured by Blue Belt Technologies, Inc., is offered at ORMC for partial knee replacements. The procedure places an implant on just one side of the patient’s knee, rather than over the entire knee joint surface, as in a total knee replacement.

Outpatient Surgery

New technologies also enable us to perform many operations on an outpatient basis. These procedures minimize surgical trauma and the time needed for recovery, so you can return to the comfort of your home on the same day as surgery.

How to Prep For Same-Day Surgery

If you’re scheduled for same-day surgery, please call and schedule your pre-registration appointment between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To make your appointment, please call the West Campus Surgery Department at 432-582-8270 or the East Campus Surgery Department at 432-582-8081. 

When you get to the hospital, you will report to the East or West Campus admitting departments. Please bring your insurance card when you come to the hospital for pre-surgery testing. If you are unable to keep your appointment for surgery, please notify both your physician and the hospital as soon as possible.

Steps To Prep For Outpatient Surgery

Here are some guidelines to help you prepare for your trip to the hospital.

  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes.
  • Leave all jewelry, money, and other valuables at home or with your family.
  • Bring appropriate storage for personal items such as dentures, contact lenses, hearing aids, and prostheses. We will label these items and keep them in a safe place during your procedure.
  • Arrange for someone to pick you up after surgery. Due to the effects of anesthesia, you will be unable to drive yourself home.
  • We make every effort to begin your procedure at the scheduled time. However, emergency cases can affect the surgery schedule. We recommend that you bring a book or magazine to read just in case an emergency surgery creates a delay in your procedure.

What To Expect Prior To Surgery

Your doctor or nurse will give you specific instructions on preparing for your procedure. They will tell you not to eat or drink anything for a specified time prior to surgery and inform you about any medications you should take. For your safety, it is very important to follow all of these instructions. If you fail to follow your pre-op instructions, it may be necessary to postpone your surgery.

Most types of surgery require pre-surgery testing. If possible, these tests (lab work, X-rays, EKG, etc.) should be completed at least three days before your procedure so your doctor will have time to review the results before your operation.

On the day of surgery, a nurse will record your vital signs and other pertinent health information. You will be asked to sign a surgery consent form, and your anesthesiologist and surgeon will visit you.

If you are scheduled for an outpatient procedure, a family member or friend can be with you in the pre-surgical area before surgery. When you are taken to the operating room, your loved ones are welcome to wait in our comfortable waiting area, where our staff can provide updates on your progress.

Post Surgery Tips

After your procedure, you can rest and recover in the surgical recovery area until your medical team determines you are able to go home. The length of your stay will depend on the type of surgery scheduled.

When it is time to go home, your physician or nurse will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself and who to call if you have problems.

Our surgery staff is committed to helping you understand the entire surgical experience. We encourage you and your family to ask questions. This will help you to feel more comfortable while you are in the hospital and better prepared for recovery once you are home.

Our Team