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We recognize that these are uncertain times and you may have concerns about surgery. As always, the health and safety of our patients, caregivers and communities is our top priority. Vital healthcare procedures, including those unrelated to COVID-19, should not be ignored at this time. We put together a series of responses to several frequently asked questions regarding upcoming surgery procedures.

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Expert surgery services in Okeechobee, Florida

The surgeons in Okeechobee at Raulerson Hospital provide a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient procedures, many of which are minimally invasive.

At our hospital, you can trust you will receive the latest advances in surgical and endoscopic procedures from the leading surgical team in the region.

You can have your surgical questions answered at any time of day by contacting our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (863) 763-9228.

Virtual Tour

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Common conditions we treat with surgery

The board-certified surgeons at Raulerson Hospital treat a variety of medical conditions, including:

  • Appendicitis
  • Bone fractures
  • Breast disease
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Heart arrhythmia
  • Kidney stones
  • Tumors/masses
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)

Diagnostic and surgical imaging

To evaluate if surgery would be the most beneficial treatment for you, our physicians start with our nationally recognized diagnostic imaging services.

Raulerson Hospital is accredited by the American College of Radiology for five diagnostic imaging modalities: computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), mammography, nuclear medicine and ultrasound.

Another one of these diagnostic procedures is an endoscopy, which can be performed as an inpatient or outpatient procedure.

An endoscopy is used to:

  • Detect ulcers or cancers
  • Locate sources of internal bleeding
  • Identify possible stones, tumors or narrowed bodily pathways

With the fast, accurate results of these diagnostic screening tests from our highly skilled technicians, your physician is able to assess your health condition and identify any abnormalities or disorders. Your physician will provide you a diagnosis and determine if surgery is a necessary step in treatment to lead you to your maximum health.

Surgical procedures and treatments

Some of the common procedures performed at our surgical center in Okeechobee at Raulerson include:

  • Incontinence therapy—A minimally invasive procedure in which a small device, acting as a "pacemaker" for the bladder, is surgically implanted to treat urinary incontinence. This procedure, which is fully reversible, is typically performed when medications and other treatments have been unsuccessful. Patients undergo a trial period with an external version of the device, prior to its implantation.
  • Laparoscopic appendectomy—Minimally invasive procedure to remove the appendix.
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy—Minimally invasive procedure to remove the gallbladder.
  • Laser lithotripsy—Procedure using sound waves guided by X-ray or ultrasound to blast kidney stones into sand-like particles that can be easily passed.
  • Pacemakers or artificial implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD) implantation—Procedure to implant a half-dollar-sized device into the chest to correct an irregular heart rhythm and/or make the heart beat regularly.
  • Colon resections—Procedure to remove part of the colon affected by diverticulitis, intestinal blockages or some types of colon cancers. In some cases, colon resections can be performed laparoscopically.
  • Total joint replacement—Procedure, performed by our orthopedic surgeons, which can include hip replacement, knee replacement or shoulder replacement.
  • Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP)
  • Prostatic urethral lift

Post-surgery physical therapy and rehabilitation

We understand that your care does not end once your surgical procedure has been performed. Our licensed therapists are dedicated to providing one-on-one, compassionate physical therapy and rehabilitative care following your surgical procedure.

The physical therapy and rehabilitation team at Raulerson Hospital is fully equipped to help you regain your independence and function to your maximum abilities following your surgical procedure, with the use of advanced technologies and the latest techniques and rehabilitative therapies.