Surgical Services

At Opelousas General Health System (OGHS), we understand that surgery can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. Our goal is to alleviate any anxiety, answer any questions you may have about your procedure and provide you with the very best care possible. Whether your surgery requires an overnight stay, or a less invasive same-day procedure, our warm, compassionate staff will exceed your expectations.

This starts before your procedure. Before your surgery, we will conduct a pre-admission assessment. This can be done over the phone or in person at the hospital, just to ensure your questions are answered and to reduce wait time on the day of your surgery. On the day of your procedure, our friendly staff will help you and any family or friends who come with you to be comfortable  While your are having your procedure, your family and friends can wait in our waiting room conveniently located next to our surgical rooms. 

Preparing for Same Day Surgery

The physicians and staff at Opelousas General Health System want to serve you efficiently and make your experience as pleasant as possible. Please read the instructions very carefully and make sure that you understand all of the information. Should you have any questions concerning your procedure, please don't hesitate to ask your doctor or the Same Day Surgery staff.


Parking facilities are located next to the hospital in our new parking garage.


  • If you have any questions about the admitting process, please call the Admissions Office at 948-3011, ext. 5181.
  • On the day you are scheduled for surgery, please go to the Admissions Office located next to the Emergency Center, unless you are instructed otherwise. The Admissions Office opens at 5:30 a.m. Please bring all information that the Admit Clerk has requested.
  • Your doctor will have discussed the procedure with you and the type of anesthesia that is planned. The following information is made available in order to assure that your experience will be comfortable and convenient.
  • Should you develop a fever, cold, rash or wound on or near the surgical site prior to admission, call your physician's office and notify them as soon as possible.
  • Procedures performed in the Same Day Surgery Unit vary considerably. Some are complex and others are quite simple.
  • Precautions and limitations will vary according to the type of procedure you have and the type of anesthesia used.
  • Remember to follow your doctor’s instructions at all times. If you have any questions concerning instructions, contact your doctor or call the Same Day Surgery Unit at 948-3011, ext. 5200.

General Instructions

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight (which includes mints and chewing gum) except for previously discussed medications.
  • Patients undergoing anesthesia will occasionally require an overnight stay. Please make arrangements in the event this becomes necessary and pack accordingly (robe, slippers, etc.) If you use a C-PAP machine, bring it with you.

NOTE: You must have someone with you on the day of surgery to drive you home.

  • No food or milk after midnight.
  • Clear liquids (apple juice, Gatorade, Pedialyte, water) may be given between the hours of midnight and 3 a.m. on the day of surgery.
  • Please bring extra diapers and formula if indicated.
  • Feel free to bring a favorite toy or blanket to make your child feel more comfortable.

Day of the Surgery

  • Bring all of your medications with you!
  • Please do not wear makeup, nail polish, hairpins or jewelry. This includes body jewelry
  • All valuables should be left at home.
  • You may bathe and use deodorant, but please do not apply any powders or lotions to the body. These items may interfere with the use of our monitors and tapes.

During Your Stay

  • Your blood pressure, pulse and temperature will be checked.
  • You may have additional lab tests and/or X-rays to assist in determining your treatment plan.
  • Use your call bell to summon a nurse if you need assistance.
  • Side rails on the bed should be kept in the upright position.
  • The staff will review your activity level with you.
  • A shave or scrub may be done prior to surgery.
  • While in bed, your position should be changed every two hours unless instructed otherwise.
  • You will need to take deep breaths and cough every two hours to reduce the risk of pneumonia.
  • If you have an IV, it will be monitored by the nurses and removed as indicated.
  • You will need to do leg exercises to reduce the risk of blood clots.

If You Have General Anesthesia:

  • Do not drive or operate a motor vehicle, sign any legal document, or make any important decision for 24 hours. You may feel wobbly or light-headed.
  • Eat light foods for 24 hours. When you are able to tolerate food without feeling sick to your stomach, gradually return to your regular diet.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages for 24 hours.
  • We strongly suggest that a responsible adult be with the patient for the rest of the day and also during the night for the patient's protection and safety.
  • Children should rest at home, but may be up and about according to doctor's orders/instructions.

da Vinci®...Changing the Experience of Surgery at Opelousas General Health System

Opelousas General Health System has successfully integrated the da Vinci Surgical System into several types of surgeries we provide. The da Vinci allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgery through an incision roughly the size of a dime. The system seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patients.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your medical options, including the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available.

The da Vinci Surgical System provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon's hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The da Vinci System enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

For the patient, benefits may include:
  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter recovery time
  • A faster return to normal daily activities
  • In many cases, better clinical outcomes

da Vinci Prostatectomy

Facing any kind of urologic surgery creates a great deal of anxiety for most men. Among your concerns is: “Will my body function normally following surgery?” Traditional open urologic surgery—in which large incisions are made to access the pelvic organs—has been the standard approach when surgery is warranted. Yet common drawbacks of this procedure include significant post-surgical pain, a lengthy recovery and an unpredictable, potentially long-term impact on continence and sexual function.

da Vinci Surgery, a minimally invasive approach that utilizes the latest in surgical and robotics technologies, is ideal for delicate urologic surgery.
da Vinci Hysterectomy

Traditional open gynecologic surgery, using a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy, has for many years been the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures. Yet with open surgery there is opportunity for significant pain, trauma, a long recovery process and threat to surrounding organs and nerves.

For complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, surgeons using the da Vinci System can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.

For additional information on minimally invasive surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System visit

Contact Information

539 E. Prudhomme St.
Opelousas, Louisiana 70570
Telephone: 337-948-3011