surgical services

Surgical  Services

Bates County Memorial Hospital offers surgical procedures on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Our Surgery Department consists of:

 Three operating rooms.

 An endoscopy room (often referred to as a GI lab).

 One Yag laser room.

 A large area with comfortable same-day surgery assessments, including patient holding.

 Five post-recovery rooms adjacent to the operating suites.

 Three-bed post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) staffed with registered nurses.

Click below to find out more about these surgical procedures commonly performed at Bates County Memorial Hospital.


An appendectomy is an emergency surgical procedure to remove an inflamed or infected appendix, a condition known as appendicitis. Without surgery, the appendix can rupture, spilling infectious material into the bloodstream and abdomen. This can be life-threatening.
The symptoms are usually pain first, followed by nausea and vomiting. The pain usually begins on the right side of abdomen. The abdominal wall may become very sensitive to gentle pressure. Surgery is usually the only way to treat appendicitis.


Fine-needle aspiration biopsy is done with a thin needle that is inserted into the tissue to remove a sample of cells or fluids.
The physician may use ultrasound or MRI to guide the biopsy needle. Or, the physician may use a computer to locate the exact spot, such as from a mammogram. A fine wire, clip or marker may be used to mark the site.


A biopsy is a medical test commonly performed by a surgeon or an interventional radiologist involving a sampling of cells or tissues for microscopic examination to determine the presence or extent of a disease.

Open (surgical) biopsy requires the physician to make a small cut in the skin and tissue to remove part or all of an abnormality for analysis.

 Core needle biopsy is done when a needle with a special tip is inserted to remove a sample of tissue about the size of a grain of rice.

 Vacuum-assisted core biopsy is done with a probe that uses a gentle vacuum to remove a small sample of tissue. The single small cut usually does not require stitches and leaves a very small scar.

Hemorrhoid Removal

Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels in the lower rectum caused by increased straining or pressure. They cause pain, itching, bleeding and swelling. Unfortunately, hemorrhoids often do not go away on their own and worsen over time. Hemorrhoid removal is an effective treatment.

A hemorrhoidectomy is surgery to remove hemorrhoids. Banding or cutting off a hemorrhoid’s blood supply with tiny rubber bands is the most common and effective non-surgical hemorrhoid removal treatment.


A hysterectomy is an operation to remove a woman’s uterus. Depending on the reason for the hysterectomy, a surgeon may choose to remove all or only part of the uterus. It is important to clarify if the cervix and/or ovaries are removed:

  •  In a supracervial or subtotal hysterectomy, a surgeon removes only the upper part of the uterus, keeping the cervix in place.
  •  A total hysterectomy removes the whole uterus and cervix.
    The ovaries also may be removed. This is called oophorectomy.

Techniques to remove the uterus and ovaries include:

  •  Laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH).
  •  Total abdominal hysterectomy.
  •  Vaginal hysterectomy.

PEG Insertion

PEG stands for percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy. In a PEG Insertion a PEG tube is passed into a patient’s stomach through the abdominal wall, primarily to provide a means of feeding when the patient is unable to take nutrition by mouth. This procedure is usually done when the patient cannot swallow, perhaps because of a stroke, dementia, chronic nausea and vomiting with associated weight loss, or another problem with swallowing or appetite.