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Surgical Services Overview

EvergreenHealth Monroe's highly trained surgical teams are comprised of surgeon specialists, anesthesiologists, registered first nurse assistants, and PA first assistants, registered nurses, and surgical technologists. They provide our patients with high quality care for both inpatient and outpatient procedures.

Our FAQ section will provide provide information on how to prepare for, and what to expect before and after, your surgery.

If you need to speak with our Pre-Procedure Coordinator, they can be reached at (360) 794-1491.

Inpatient Surgery

The Medical/Surgical Department at EvergreenHealth Monroe has 23 private rooms, each having a view of a landscaped courtyard or the hospital grounds. Acute inpatient care is provided by your surgeon, nursing staff and a team of internal medicine physicians in consultation with the patient's primary care physician.

A multidisciplinary team meets throughout the week to address the patient's needs to coordinate care from a team approach. The team may consist of nursing, social services, dietary, respiratory, rehabilitation, pharmacy and chaplain services.

Outpatient Surgery

EvergreenHealth Monroe offers outpatient surgical services. Outpatient services require a patient to be admitted to the hospital for less than 24 hours. EvergreenHealth Monroe's ACU (Ambulatory Care Unit) is open from 6 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Typical types of outpatient procedures include:

  • Arthroscopy (knee & shoulder)
  • Biopsies
  • Blood transfusions
  • Colonoscopy (colon)
  • CT scan/myelogram
  • Diagnostic radiology
  • Discography
  • Ear tubes
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Gastroscopy/colonoscopy
  • Hernia repair
  • Indwelling venous catheter care
  • IV therapy and injections
  • Laparoscopy (abdomen)
  • Lithotripsy (ultrasound)
  • Outpatient antibiotic infusion
  • Phlebotomy (veins)
  • Sinoscopy (nose)
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Vein ligation


General – Complete absence of sensation and consciousness induced by drugs given intravenously (in a vein) or inhaled.

Local – This type of anesthesia is specific to one area of the body. For example: finger surgery or removal of a small screw/pin.

Regional – This type of anesthesia is used when a block effect is desired. For example: an epidural, or an entire arm or foot. Spinal anesthesia may be used to numb you from the chest down.

Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC) – This type of care is when an anesthesiologist provides sedation as needed and monitors the patient's vital signs throughout a procedure.

Before surgery the anesthesiologist will discuss the effects of anesthesia with the patient.