Surgical Services

NEA Baptist offers a wide range of surgical services through our inpatient and outpatient surgery departments including bariatric surgery, orthopedic surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery and more.

Quality of Care

NEA Baptist physicians have received numerous forms of recognition and awards for the work and high level of quality care we provide our patients.

In the summer of 2015, our Bariatric Surgery program was named the first center in the northeast Arkansas region to achieve a Center of Excellence accreditation from the American College of Surgeons and Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. This accreditation means that our facility meets the criteria as a Comprehensive Center according to national quality standards that were established to deliver safe, high quality bariatric patient care.

 Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) Accredited Center

Learn more about our Bariatric Surgery program.

What to Expect

Your admission to NEA Baptist is scheduled by your doctor, who is a member of our medical staff. Patients are asked to pre-admit at their scheduled time. The preadmission procedure saves you valuable time and makes the admission process easier.

General Surgery Procedures

In the Operating Room: You meet your nurse and anesthesia provider here. Also, you are asked to verify what surgical procedure you are having and to mark the site. Any questions you may have can be answered at this time.

Anesthesiology: There are a variety of anesthetics available today. Your anesthesia provider discusses your options based on your surgical needs and health status.

In the Recovery Room: You are closely monitored until you are fully alert. Should you have pain or nausea post-operation, your nurse manages it. Your time in recovery is usually less than one hour, where you will then be transported to your hospital room.

At NEA Baptist, we want to ensure that you feel informed about how to care for yourself or your loved one after surgery. The following list was provided by staff as a recommendation for your family to ask the surgeon after your surgery:

  • What prescriptions will be sent home for pain and nausea?
  • When can I drive? When can I shower?
  • Will I have a dressing? When can I remove my dressing?
  • Will I have to have any physical therapy?
  • When can I go back to work/school?
  • When/what can I eat?

Outpatient Surgery

An outpatient is registered for services upon the doctor's request. Outpatients should go to the admissions office, where personnel complete the registration process. The patient is then directed to the appropriate department for outpatient services.

Please bring minimal valuables or leave them with your family.

Please call the pre-admission nurse at 870-936-1074 from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. if you have any questions regarding instructions or if we can serve you in any way.

During your stay, you will travel through various stages during your surgery process. A board in the Outpatient Surgery waiting area will be updated as you travel through these stages with a private identification number known only to you and your family. Those stages are listed below with a brief description.

  1. PREOP – This is the area where you will get prepped for your procedure. Nurses will review your medical history, medications, and start your IV. This area is BLUE on the tracking board.
  2. HOLDING – This is the area where you will meet your surgery team. Any questions regarding your anesthesia and/or type of sedation will be addressed here. RESTRICTED AREA. This area is AQUA on the tracking board. *There is no holding phase for GI patients.
  3. SURGERY – From holding, you will be taken to your surgery suite by the surgery team you met in holding. This area is YELLOW on the tracking board.
  4. RECOVERY – This area is also known as the PACU. Patients are taken to recovery immediately after surgery. Patients remain here up to an hour; however, this is subject to change dependent upon patient condition. RESTRICTED AREA. This area is PURPLE on the tracking board.
  5. PHASE II – During Phase 2, you can be discharged home or taken to a room if staying overnight. It is during this area that we will review all discharge instructions and prescriptions for going home. This area is PINK on the tracking board.

Inpatient Surgery

The Morning of Your Surgery: You will need a minimum of personal items such as gowns, pajamas, robe, slippers, and essential toiletries. You should bring insurance information such as your insurance card, claim forms, Medicare or Medicaid card or military ID (Champus). Be sure to bring your own containers for glasses, contact lenses or dentures.

Going Home

An important stage in your recovery is discharge from the hospital. To simplify this process, please remember these steps:

  • Your physician writes a discharge order on your chart when you are medically ready to leave the hospital.
  • Discharge information is discussed with you, including medications, diet, and allowable physical activity. Your doctor also lets you know if an office visit is necessary after your discharge.
  • Check your room for personal belongings and reclaim your valuables from the hospital safe, if needed.
  • When your transportation arrives, please allow us to escort you from the hospital. You will be guided through the discharge hallway and can be picked up under the covered awning on the backside (north side) of the hospital.

Contact Us

NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital

4800 E. Johnson Ave.
Jonesboro, AR 72401



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