The professional physicians and clinicians in Raulerson Hospital's Surgical Services Department provide a variety of inpatient and outpatient procedures, many of which are minimally invasive.

Common Conditions Treated by Surgical Services

  • Appendicitis
  • Bone Fractures
  • Breast Disease
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Gall Bladder Disease
  • Heart Arrythmia
  • Kidney Stones
  • Tumors / Masses
  • BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia)
    • Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) — This refers to a procedure which cuts or ablates prostate tissue to open the blocked urethra.
    • Prostatic Urethral Lift — This refers to a minimally invasive procedure which uses permanent prostatic lift implants to act like 'window curtain tie-backs' to hold the lobes of an enlarged prostate open.

    Diagnostics Procedures


    An Endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure used to detect cancers, ulcers, strictures that can cause swallowing disorders. locate sources of internal bleeding and more. An endoscopy can be performed on hospitalized patients, as well as outpatients.

    Surgical Procedures and Treatments

    Some of the common procedures performed by the Surgical Services Department at Raulerson include:

    • Incontinence Therapy - This refers to a minimally invasive procedure in which a small device that acts as a "pacemaker" for the bladder is surgically implanted to treat urinary and urge incontinence for patients who haven't responded well to medications and other treatments. Patients undergo a trial period with an external version of the device, prior to its implantation. The procedure is completely reversible.
    • Laparoscopic Appendectomy - This refers to a minimally invasive removal of the appendix.
    • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy - This refers to a minimally invasive removal of the gall bladder.
    • Laser Lithotripsy - This refers to an X-ray or ultrasound guided sound waves break kidney stones into sand-like, particles that are easily passed.
    • Pacemakers & Artificial Implantable Cardioverter Defribrillator (AICD) Implantation - This refers to the procedure which implants one of these half-dollar sized devices into the pocket of the chest to correct a failed heart rhythm and/or make the heart beat regularly.
    • Colon Resections - This refers to removal of part of the colon due to some types of colon cancers, Diverticulitis, intestinal blockages. In some cases colon resections can be performed laparoscopically.
    • Total Joint Replacement - This refers to the surgical replacement of either shoulders, hips or knees.
      • Total Hip Replacement
      • Total Knee Replacement
      • Custom Knee Replacement - Raulerson Hospital offers customized knee implants. A Customized total knee replacement is designed specifically for your knee. It offers an individualized fit using technology that converts a CT scan of your actual knee into a 3D model used to design an implant that's unique to you. It is made to follow the shape and contour of each patient’s knee, which provides an increased potential for a more natural feeling knee. Custom knees also maintain the patient’s natural joint lines to avoid instability.
      • Total Shoulder Replacement

    Contact Us


    Raulerson Hospital
    1796 Hwy 441 North
    Okeechobee, FL 34972
    (863) 763-2151

    How to Make an Appointment

    To schedule your appointment, please contact: Central Scheduling at (877) 331-7027

    Raulerson Hospital offers online pre-registration to save time on the day of your appointment or procedure. Once you have scheduled with Central Scheduling, you may choose to pre-register for your screening mammogram or test/procedure online.

    Online Pre-Registration


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    Additional Resources

    • Consultation with a Registered Nurse who specializes in teaching patients about pre & post-operative information as well as answer any questions about anesthesia
    • Two television networks dedicated to 24/7 health news content

    Contact Consult-A-Nurse any time of day or night at (863) 763-9228 to:

    • Obtain a free physician referral
    • Ask a health care question
    • Learn about upcoming Hospital sponsored classes or events