Inpatient and outpatient surgery in Niceville, Florida
At Twin Cities Hospital, the Surgical Services Department offers a wide range of outpatient and inpatient surgical procedures to treat a variety of conditions. We provide four areas where patients can rest comfortably under expert medical supervision before, during and after surgery.
For more information about our surgical services, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (850) 729-9468.
The Joint Commission recognized us with their Gold Seal of Approval® for joint replacement (hip and knee) and spine surgery. Healthgrades recognized us for hip fracture surgery and gallbladder surgery and awarded us with the Patient Safety Excellence Award™.
Our surgical specialties
We offer a wide range of inpatient and outpatient surgeries, including:
- Ears, nose and throat (ENT) surgery
- General surgery
- Orthopedic surgery
- Spine surgery
- Thoracic and vascular surgery
- Urologic surgery
Our surgical services and amenities
The Surgical Services Department at Twin Cities Hospital provides advanced care to our patients. Patients choose our hospital because we offer:
- A six-bed Critical Care Unit
- A dedicated cystoscopy room for urologic procedures
- A large reception area with a dedicated registrar
- A pre-admission office and streamlined admission process
- A waiting area with a large, wall-mounted television, daily newspapers and complimentary coffee
- Central sterile processing
- Pagers assigned to family members or significant others for communication about their loved one's progress
- Post-Anesthesia Care Unit
- Six outpatient surgery beds
- Three inpatient operating rooms
- Two outpatient operating rooms
Our surgeons and operating team
The primary goal of our operating team is to provide patients with individualized care throughout their surgical experience.
Our highly trained and specialized staff consists of:
- Board-certified surgeons and physicians
- Central sterile processing team
- Critical care nurses
- Licensed practical nurses
- Registered nurses
- Scrub technicians
We use an on-call system to ensure that staff members are available 24/7. Staffing is adjusted to meet our patients' needs and the needs of the surgeon.
Central sterile processing
At Twin Cities Hospital, we care about our patients' safety. That's why we have a dedicated central sterile processing (CS) team.
Our CS team is responsible for processing and sterilizing instrumentation and reusable equipment throughout the hospital. Additionally, the CS team orders, stocks and maintains supplies for the operating rooms.
Preparing for a surgical procedure
Before the surgery begins, we educate patients and their loved ones on the specifics of the surgery and the recovery process.
Most patients who are scheduled for surgery at our hospital can expect the following:
- Before surgery, an anesthesiologist and an operating room nurse conduct interviews with the patient.
- The patient undergoes a physical assessment.
- The doctor's orders are carried out.
- The patient is dressed for surgery. The patient may be shaved, and the area being operated on will be marked.
- An intravenous (IV) line is started, and the patient's blood pressure, pulse and temperature are taken.
- The anesthesiologist and operating room nurse escort the patient into the operating room.
- The surgeon performs the operation.
- After surgery, the patient either goes to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit or the Outpatient Surgery area. This is dependent on the type of anesthesia used during the procedure.
- Patients recovering from inpatient surgery are transferred from the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit to the Medical-Surgical-Telemetry Unit.
Post-Anesthesia Care Unit
Our Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) is staffed by critical care nurses who are trained in post-anesthesia care. Patients are moved to our PACU immediately after their inpatient and outpatient procedures.
We use an on-call system to ensure that our critical care nurses are available 24/7 to monitor our patients in our PACU.
Postoperative discharge requirements
Each patient that undergoes surgery must meet the following requirements before they may leave our hospital:
- Their blood pressure, pulse, breathing and temperature are within the normal limits for at least 30 minutes.
- Their nausea, vomiting and dizziness are minimal.
- They are as alert and oriented as they were before surgery.
- They are not excessively bleeding.
- They are not in severe pain.
- They can drink fluids.
- They can urinate.
- They have a responsible adult present to accompany them home.
Depending on the type of surgery, there may be additional requirements a patient must meet before they are discharged.
We have a designated waiting area for family members and significant others of patients undergoing surgery.
Loved ones are permitted to remain with the patient until they depart for the operating room. Loved ones are also allowed to see the patient once the patient is moved from the operating room to the Outpatient Surgery area.
For more information on our visitation policies, please visit our visitor information page.