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Day Surgery

The Day Surgery Center at Lenoir Memorial provides expert care in a friendly, professional and efficient environment. Sixty percent of the surgical procedures performed at Lenoir Memorial are provided by the Day Surgery Center on an outpatient basis. More than 30 surgeons utilize the center to provide numerous outpatient procedures which enable patients to recuperate in the comfort of their own homes surrounded by family and friends.

Cataract surgery, arthroscopic knee, laparoscopic gall bladder, gynecological procedures, tonsillectomies, biopsies, and tubes are provided by the center on a routine basis. The 17-bed center, which serves approximately 3,200 patients a year, is located on the northwest side of the hospital with its own dedicated entrance and parking area. Registration is open from 6 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Family members and friends of patients can wait for their loved one in a spacious waiting room complete with a children's play area. 

Registration is open from 6 am to 4:30 pm. For more information please call 252-522-7400.

Preventing Surgical Site Infections

What is a Surgical Site Infection (SSI)?

  • Most patients who have surgery do well, but some patients get infections after an operation. A surgical site infection is an infection that occurs after surgery, in the part of the body where the surgery occurred. 

What causes a Surgical Site Infection?

  • A SSI occurs when harmful germs enter your body through the incision in your skin.  Some infections are caused by germs that are in the air or on objects. But most are caused by germs found on and in your own body.

What do the doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers do to prevent a Surgical Site Infection?

  • Clean their hands and arms with an antiseptic agent just before the surgery.
  • Clean the site where your incision is made with an antiseptic solution.
  • Wear surgical masks, gowns and gloves and cover your body with a sterile sheet (except where the incision is made).
  • May remove some of your hair at the surgery site using clippers.
  • Give you antibiotics before your surgery starts. In most cases it is given 60 minutes before the surgery starts and then stopped within 24 hours after surgery.
  • Use special air filters and positive pressure airflow in the operating room.
  • Monitor and control your temperature during surgery. Maintaining a normal temperature aids in oxygen reaching your wound and allows healing.

What should I do the day before and the day of the surgery?

  • Make sure you bring an up to date list of your medications to the hospital.
  • Inform your surgeon if you have a cold, cough or fever; or if you or your family members have the flu or flu like symptoms.
  • Take a shower the night before and the morning of surgery with the special antiseptic soap given to you by the hospital.

What can I do to prevent a Surgical Site Infection?

  • Ask questions. Learn what your hospital is doing to prevent infection.
  • Follow bathing instructions given during the pre-surgery visit.
  • Take antibiotics only when told to by your doctor. Using antibiotics when they are not needed can create germs that are harder to kill. Also, finish all of your antibiotics, even if your feel better.
  • Do not shave near where you will have surgery. Shaving with a razor can irritate your skin and make it easier to develop an infection.  If it is necessary to remove hair at the operation site, it will be done with clippers just prior to surgery.
  • When performing personal hygiene at home, take a shower.  Bathing in the bath tub causes germs to enter your wound and can lead to infection.
  • Be sure doctors, nurses and other health care workers clean their hands with soap and water or with an alcohol based hand cleaner before and after caring for you. Don’t be afraid to remind them.
  • Always wash your hands before and after caring for your surgical wound.
  • Family, friends and other visitors should not touch your surgical wound or dressings.
  • Ask family, friends and other visitors to wash their hands with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand cleaner before and after they visit you. If you do not see them do this, ask them to.
  • Your doctor or nurse will explain everything you need to know about taking care of your wound. Ask questions to make sure you understand everything.

Notify your Doctor if you have any of the following:

  • Increased soreness, pain, tenderness or pulling at the incision site.
  • A red streak, puffiness, swelling, warmth or increased redness near the incision.
  • Yellow, green or bad smelling drainage or discharge from the incision.
  • Stitches that dissolve before the wound heals.
  • A fever of 101  F or higher.


This information was taken from the Krames Surgical Site Infection Handout and the FAQs about Surgical Site Infections sponsored by the CDC, JCAHO, IDSA, AHA, SHEA and the APIC.