OSF Saint James - John W. Albrecht Medical Center

Pontiac, Illinois

Surgical Services

When medication, lifestyle changes, and other non-surgical treatments cannot relieve symptoms, surgery is the accepted treatment for a wide range of conditions.

The thought of surgery can be scary, no matter how routine the procedure. When surgery is recommended, patients want to learn as much as possible about the surgical options.


  • General surgery for adults and pediatrics
  • Orthopedics
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Gastrointestinal services
  • Pain
  • Podiatry
  • Urology

Testing & Diagnostics

Your surgeon may require pre-testing. Please follow your surgeon’s instructions and have the pre-testing done promptly. If you have any questions, please call your surgeon’s office directly.

Appointment Information

If your physical condition changes (for example, if you develop a cold, cough, flu-like symptoms, fever, or other changes in your health), call your surgeon prior to your arrival.

Your surgeon will determine if your surgery will need to be rescheduled or if it can continue as planned.

  • Sterile Processing Technician Sterile Processing Technician Do not eat or drink unless instructed to do so. This includes no mints, gum, or water.
  • Do not take any medications unless instructed to do so. Please ask your primary care physician prior to your scheduled surgery date. If you must take medications (per your physician’s specific instructions), take with a tiny sip of water.
  • Do not drink alcohol, smoke, chew tobacco, or take any illegal drugs.
  • Take a bath or shower.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes and comfortable shoes.
  • Do not wear makeup including lipstick, mascara, or perfume, and remove fingernail polish.
  • Leave all jewelry and valuables at home.
  • Remove all piercings prior to arrival.
  • Bring a list of current medications and doses.
  • Bring all papers, X-rays, or equipment/devices given to you by your physician.
  • Children may bring one favorite toy.
  • To ensure your comfort for the ride home, please bring pillows and a small garbage can in case you feel nauseous from the anesthesia.
  • Children ages 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who will remain on the premises throughout the entire procedure.
  • Parents: please make arrangements for siblings to stay with family, friends, or other caregivers.