Surgery Services

UnityPoint Health - Iowa Lutheran Hospital

Surgery at Iowa Lutheran Hospital

Iowa Lutheran Hospital offers trusted surgical services that are personalized to meet your wants and needs. Known for our small, caring atmosphere, we offer all of our patients private rooms designed specifically with your recovery in mind. We want your stay with us to be as comfortable as possible and to be able to get you back to the things you love most as quickly as possible.

Preparing for Surgery

This is general information to help prepare you and your family for your upcoming procedure. Preparing for surgery will depend on the procedure you are having done. 


Talk to Your Doctor
Asking your doctor what you should expect before, during and after your procedure will help immensely as you begin preparing for surgery. Discuss any medications you're currently taking and those you may have to take after surgery. Your doctor may ask you to quit taking some medications before your surgery.
Contact Your Insurance Provider
Call your insurance provider to confirm the details of your coverage and pre-certification. UnityPoint Health – Des Moines has a dedicated financial clearance team. If you have questions about the cost of your procedure, please contact (833) 237-7423.
Arrange Transportation
Please arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home from the hospital. This person should remain in the waiting area or be available by phone – no cabs, buses or car services such as Uber or Lyft. We recommend you have someone with you at home for at least 24-hours following surgery.
Pre-Admission Screening

To prepare you for surgery, a pre-surgical nurse may meet with you or contact you by phone. This nurse gathers information regarding your general health. At this time, you may also be scheduled to meet with other health care professionals.

Routine tests and procedures may be required to determine your state of health. If you have had recent tests, please tell the pre-surgical nurse. Tests will vary, but may include blood and urine tests, an EKG for heart analysis, and a chest X-ray to determine if your lungs are safe for surgery and anesthesia.

Follow Pre-surgical Instructions
  • Quit smoking or at least cut down before surgery.
  • Stop drinking alcohol at least 24 hours before surgery.
  • Advise the pre-surgical nurse of any illegal drug use.
  • Ask your doctor about taking any medications (including herbal supplements) before surgery.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery. This includes gum, candy, mints.
  • If you get a fever, cold or rash, call your doctor. Surgery may need to be postponed.
  • Plan for post-surgery needs such as transportation, home care or skilled care.
  • Make changes in your home. For example, if you're told not to climb stairs, you may want to prepare a bed on the first floor.
  • Prepare food ahead or buy pre-made meals to reduce the amount of work you have after surgery.
  • Arrange to have someone with you at home for at least 24 hours following surgery. 
  • Provide the hospital with a copy of your advance medical directive, if you have one. This statement describes the medical treatment you'd want or names the person you'd wish to make health-care decisions for you if you could no longer speak for yourself.
  • Remove all jewelry and piercings (including wedding rings).


Total Joint Replacement Education

This is education to prepare you and your support person for your upcoming total joint replacement and care at home after your transition from the hospital. Your surgeon strongly encourages you and your support person to watch the video below before the day of your surgery. Please write down questions you have and bring them with you to the hospital. The orthopedic team will be happy to answer them during your stay.


Pediatric Dental Surgery

Pediatric Dental Surgery began at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in November 2014. Dental procedures are done under general anesthesia while the kids are asleep.

Child Life Specialists work with the kids to understand the procedure and make their experience less challenging.

Pediatric Dental Surgeons include providers from the following clinics:

*Please contact the dental offices for consultation prior to surgery.