Our goal in designing the surgical suites in the outpatient services center was to create a state-of-the-art facility equipped
to provide our patients in Taylorville and the surrounding communities with an outpatient surgical experience second to none. Some procedures are so brief, that patients are in, out and on their way back home in less than two hours. Our skilled, compassionate nurses ensure all patients understand their discharge instructions and follow-up care process.
Same-Day Surgery Procedures
Gastroenterology (GI) focuses on the digestive system and associated disorders. This involoves the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, colon and rectum. Taylorville Memorial Hospital provides the latest advancements and procedures for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of common gastrointestinal health issues right here in Taylorville.
Upper GI Endoscopy (EGD)
Uses an endoscope - a thin, flexible tube fitted with a camera that displays images on a viewing monitor - to examine the esophagus, stomach and the first part of the duodenum. This procedure allows the physician to diagnose, treat and document abnormalities of the upper GI tract.
Lower GI Endoscopy
Uses a flexible sigmoidoscope or colonoscope (a flexible tube-like device fitted with a miniature camera) to exam the rectum and the descending and sigmoid portions of the colon, up to 65 centimeters (about 25 inches).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that if all adults aged 50 or older had regular screening tests, or colonoscopies for colon cancer, as many as 60% of the deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. While 90% of colorectal cancer cases occur in adults aged 50 or older, it is essential for individuals with risk factors (those with a family history of colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, or heavy alcohol use) to seek regular screeing earlier.
Because colon cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related deaths in our community, colonoscopies are one of the more frequent procedures performed at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.
During a colonscopy procedure, a colonoscope is used to take pictures of the colon. The colonoscope allows the physician to obtain a small tissue sample and to apply medications or heat treatment directly to the lining of the colon. The procedure takes from 10 to 45 minutes.
More information about the importance of colorectal cancer tests is available here.
About Our Facility
To meet our patients' needs, we expanded in size and paid close attention to patient privacy. Our surgery department totals more than 9,000 square feet and has three operating rooms. The larger two are identical in size and design and can be used interchangeably to allow our surgeons the most flexibility in meeting patients' needs. The third is slightly smaller and was designed with GI (gastrointestinal) procedures in mind, though it can be used for other minor surgical procedures.
Enhanced privacy is an important feature of the new operating space designed to enhance the overall patient experience. There are two private interview rooms, as well as a private consultation room available for physicians, patients and their families.
Experienced surgeons from Springfield and Decatur come to Taylorville to perform surgery in our facility.
Patient Preparation: Frequently Asked Questions
How do I prepare for my procedure?
Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night prior to your procedure or screening unless you are instructed to do otherwise. Do not drink alcoholic beverages 24-hours prior to your procedure.
Please bring someone with you who can take you home in case that sedating medication is used during your procedure.
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. A hospital gown will be provided. Please leave any jewelry or other valuables at home.
Please bring a complete list of your medications. Include dosages and the last time each medication was taken. Please tell us if you are allergic to any medications.
Please consult with your physician before the test about medication and/or diet changes if you are diabetic or taking heart or blood pressure medication.
If you have any change in the eight hours prior to your test (cold, fever, etc.) or if you are scheduled for a colon exam and have not been able to complete the necessary pre-test preparations, please notify your physician.
What can I expect?
Please arrive at the time given to you by your physician's office. Most endoscopic procedures require you to arrive 1 hour to 1-1/2 hours prior to your actual scheduled procedure time.
Once you arrive at Taylorville Memorial Hospital, proceed to Registration. You will then be directed to the Surgical Services area. A waiting room is available for the comfort of your friends or family.
What should I expect after my procedure?
Because of the medication used during your procedure, do not drive a car, take a bus or taxi by yourself or attempt a lot of physical activity on the day of the exam. By the following day, normal activity may be resumed.
After your procedure, you may return home with a responsible person. You may be slightly dizzy, light-headed and forgetful. Do not go anywhere by yourself. A light meal may be eaten when you are fully awake. Regular meals may be resumed when no problems are present. Do not drink alcohol for 24-hours after the procedure.
Do not eat or drink until your gag reflex returns, which usually takes 2 to 3 hours. To check your gag reflex, place the tip of your index finger in the back of your throat.
Mild abdominal soreness is not unusual for one to two days. If your abdominal pain gets worse, or you develop a fever, please contact your physician's office.
After an EGD, or esophageal dilation, you may have a mild sore throat which may last one or two days. If this occurs, gargle with warm salt water or use through lozenges.
A small amount of rectal bleeding is normal with some procedures. If a large amount of blood is present, notify your physician right away.