Surgical Center


Surgical Center

We believe our surgical expertise blended with the continuity of many years of trusted, quality service from our department staff helps make the word “surgery” not nearly as scary as it could be.

Our surgeons are trained to perform many procedures and can provide a broad range of surgical treatments right here in Crawford County. When you place your trust in our department’s hands, the entire staff works hard to exceed your expectations.

By choosing CCMH for your surgery needs, you can expect:

General Surgery

What is General Surgery?

General surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on abdominal organs. For example, general surgeons have expertise in the diagnosis and care of patients with diseases and disorders affecting the abdomen, digestive tract, endocrine system, breast and skin. General surgery also includes cancer removal, hernia repairs and emergency/trauma care.

Most Common General Surgeries at CCMH

  • Colonoscopy/EGD
  • Gall Bladder Surgery
  • Hernia Repair
  • Breast Operations
  • Colon Operations
  • Appendectomy
  • Gynecological Procedures & C-Sections
  • Office & Minor Procedures


Our General Surgeons


Types of Surgeries

Specialty Surgery

The following list provides a sampling of visiting physician specialty areas and types of surgeries that can be performed at Crawford County Memorial Hospital.


  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Tendon Relocation
  • Carpal Tunnel & Trigger Finger Repair
  • Torn Meniscus Repair Inside The Knee
  • Etc.


  • Ear Tubes
  • Tonsillectomy by Ablation Technique & Conventional Method
  • Adenoidectomy
  • Nasal Septum Reconstructions
  • Minor Procedures (Biopsy of Growths in Neck or Mouth Area)


  • Prolift & TVT Secure Mesh Implants for Incontinence
  • Endometrial Ablation (Method to Decrease Uterine Bleeding)
  • Hysterectomy
  • Removal of Pre-Cancerous Lesions


  • Bunionectomies
  • Hammer Toe Tendon Repair


  • Cataract Removal
  • Non-Cosmetic Eye Lid Surgery


  • Cystoscopy (Use of a Scope to Look Inside Bladder & Treat Bladder Tumors)
  • Kidney Stones Removal
  • Circumcisions
  • Prostrate Removals


  • Skin Lesion Removal


Our Specialty Surgeons

Sao J. “John” Liu, MD Opthalmology Surgery

Colonoscopy & EGD


What is Endoscopy?

Endoscopy is the term used to describe a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is used as a tool for diagnosis of disease, biopsies and retrieval of foreign objects. By using a special instrument (referred to as a scope) equipped with a microscopic camera, an endoscopy allows the surgeon to get a clear view inside of an organ – such as the colon or esophagus.

CCMH utilizes the latest high-definition endoscope technology to help diagnose disease in the upper and lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract. An endoscopic procedure of the upper GI tract is also known as EGD, while procedures involving the lower GI tract are known as colonoscopies.

Compared to conventional systems, CCMH’s high-definition endoscopy combined with Narrow Band Imaging™ provides doctors with sharper images and better contrast, which in turn may help them to better observe lesions.

What Can I Expect During an EGD?

Before your scheduled endoscopy procedure, a surgical nurse from CCMH will call you to give you detailed instructions on how to prepare and what you should expect.

  • You should not take any aspirin or blood thinners for 3 days prior to the procedure.
  • An upper GI endoscopy usually takes 20 to 30 minutes to complete.
  • If you wear dentures, you will be asked to remove them.
    You will also be given pain medication and a minor sedative for additional comfort.
  • Your throat may be sprayed with a local anesthetic to help numb the area.
  • When the scope is inserted, you may feel pressure inside your throat.
  • You will be able to breathe on your own throughout the procedure. It’s recommended that you take slow, deep breaths through your nose.
  • When the exam is completed, the scope will slowly be removed from your body.
  • After the procedure, you will spend an appropriate amount of time in the recovery room area.
  • You will need to have someone else drive you home.
  • You may experience a sore throat and some bloating or cramping in your stomach.
  • You can expect to return to normal activities the next day.
  • You can expect to have ongoing excellent care provided to you before, during and after the procedure from your CCMH surgeon and staff.
What Can I Expect During a Colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is an effective examination used to look inside the entire colon and rectum. The exam is used for both diagnostic (determining the cause of colorectal problems) and screening (cancer prevention) purposes.

Before your scheduled colonoscopy, a surgical nurse from CCMH will call you to give you detailed instruction on how to prepare for your colonoscopy.

  • Because your colon needs to be empty, you will be given a laxative preparation ordered by your physician.
  • You will be given pain medication and a sedative prior to the exam.
  • You will lie on your left side during the exam.
  • The colonoscopy takes 30 to 60 minutes to complete.
  • If polyps or lesions are found, the physician will use devices in the scope to remove either some or all of the area for biopsy.
  • When the procedure is complete, you will stay in the recovery area for an appropriate amount of time before being released.
  • You will need someone else to drive you home.
  • You can expect to resume normal activities the day after your colonoscopy.
  • You can expect to have ongoing excellent care provided to you before, during and after the procedure from your CCMH surgeon and staff.
When Should I Have a Colonoscopy?

If you are aged 50 or older, and have not had a colonoscopy, now is the time to schedule one. Do not put off this important preventive screening exam. A colonoscopy is one of the best tools available to help detect and prevent colon cancer.

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women in the United States. It is also the third leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women. The risk of developing colon cancer increases for anyone aged 50 or more. In fact, 90% of all cancers affect people aged 50 and over. Other colon cancer risk factors include:

  • Family history of colon cancer or adenomatous polyps
  • Crohns/ulcerative colitis
  • Diet high in red meats (beef, liver, lamb)
  • Obesity/lack of physical activity
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol use greater than 2 drinks a day


Meet Our Doctors

The following physicians provide EGD exams:

David J. Wright, DD
The following physicians provide Colonoscopy exams:

John D. Ingram, MD
David J. Wright, DD

Same Day Surgery

Because of tremendous medical advances, many patients are able to be discharged from the hospital on the same day as their surgical procedure. A procedure is classified as a Same Day or Outpatient surgery based upon the level of anesthesia that is used. If the anesthesia is a spinal, regional or IV regional, then the procedure is considered Same Day.

If you are having a Same Day Surgery, you can expect to

  • Follow preparations as instructed by surgical staff prior to day of surgery
  • Arrive at the hospital 2 hours prior to the surgery
  • Stay in recovery area 4 to 6 hours after surgery
  • If the physician feels you should stay longer, you may be moved into an observation status for additional time before being discharged

Pre Surgery Check List

Preparing For Your Surgical Procedure

The surgical staff at Crawford County Memorial Hospital will be in contact with you prior to your procedure to provide detailed instructions for how to prepare for your surgery.

Among the instructions you will receive are:

7 Days Before
  • Lab Work

    Pre-operative lab work and physical must be completed within 7 days of the procedure. Be sure to have the results sent directly to your surgeon’s office.

3 Days Before
  • Stop Taking Aspirin & Blood Thinners

    Stop taking aspirin and other blood thinners 3 days prior to the procedure.

1 Day Before
  • Verify Arrival & Check-In Time

    When you speak to the nurse prior to the procedure, be sure to verify your arrival and check-in time.

  • Shower

    Take two showers before your surgery (one the night before, one the morning of the procedure).

  • Quit Eating or Drinking

    The nurse will give you a time to quit eating or drinking. It is extremely important to follow that.

Day of Procedure
  • Shower

    Take two showers before your surgery (one the night before, one the morning of the procedure).

  • Medical History

    Be prepared to answer questions about your past medical history during an initial interview prior to the procedure.

  • List of All Medications

    Bring a current list of all medications you are currently taking. Be sure to write the correct name of the drug and all dosage information.

Be assured that the staff at CCMH looks forward to providing excellent care for you.


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