General surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on abdominal organs, e.g., intestines including esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts, and the thyroid gland. They also deal with diseases involving the skin, breast, and hernias.

Short Stay Surgery

The Short Stay Unit at Southwestern Medical Center was started in 1984 to give patients the opportunity to have surgery without an overnight hospital stay. The unit is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 5:00 pm. There are more than 300 types of surgical procedures, which can be performed as a Short Stay surgery. These include, but are not limited to: adenoidectomy, nasal polypectomy, rhinoplasty, breast biopsy, cataract removal, minor eye surgery, tendon repair, ear and hernia surgery on children, tubal ligations, knee and other orthopedic procedures, vasectomies, circumcisions, D&C’s, laparoscopies, and many others. By choosing Southwestern Medical Center’s Short Stay Surgery Unit, you not only save time and money, but you also have peace of mind knowing that you are receiving care in a full-service, acute care hospital. Please call 580-531-4735 for more information.

Comprehensive Surgical Specialties

Our highly skilled team of healthcare professionals are dedicated to your health. From the surgeon to the anesthesiologist, from the nurses to the surgical technicians, they utilize caring hands and hearts, and the full complement of technology a full service hospital can offer.

Skilled Surgical Nursing Care

We believe when the patient knows what to expect, he or she will feel less apprehensive. It is important to take the time to keep you well informed. And our skilled professionals will do just that. They are always available to answer any questions you or your family may have. They are part of a complete surgical support system Southwestern Medical Center has carefully assembled for your care.

Expedited Registration and Discharge

It is important to us that you and your family feel comfortable and at ease. Pre-registration for your procedure will take place prior to your arrival at Southwestern Medical Center. That allows you to arrive knowing that less paperwork, and less time will be required for your registration.

Canceling Surgery

Your surgery may have to be canceled or rescheduled if you eat or drink anything beforehand, or if you have a change in your physical condition, such as a cold, fever, persistent cough or rash. If these or other unforeseen reasons cause you to cancel surgery, please contact Same Day Services and your physician as soon as possible.

24-hr. M.D. Anesthesiology Coverage

You can feel secure knowing that an Anesthesiologist is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Working with your surgeon, you have the support of trained medical professionals during your procedure.


Warm Blanket Service

The touch and feel of a warm blanket snuggly wrapped around you by caring, attentive professionals. We will do everything possible to make your visit as comfortable as possible.

Reserved Parking

At Southwestern Medical we want your entire experience to be positive. By offering our surgical patients a reserved parking area, we alleviate the worry of finding a parking place, or knowing where to park.

Post-Procedure Follow-up

Trained professionals will call you to check on you after your surgical procedure. They’ll ask you if you’ve had any prescriptions filled, or are having any difficulties since your discharge. Our caring and compassionate staff members want you to know that you may have been discharged, but your follow up care is just as important. Let our caring hands reach out to you!

Surgery Instructions for Children

Whether our patient is a child, teen, adult or a senior, our guidelines apply to all. Babies and young children may wear pajamas to the hospital and bring their favorite toy or blanket, if desired. It is not safe for anyone to care for a child who has had surgery and drive a car at the same time. Please bring another adult to assist you. Be prepared to stay at the hospital until your child is discharged.

Full-Service Hospital Support

Feelings of anxiety prior to any visit to the hospital may be present. But your visit is backed by the support of an entire highly-trained hospital staff. The availability of these resources can alleviate any fears you may experience.