Surgery Center

UnityPoint Health - Iowa Methodist Medical Center

Innovative Treatments

Our surgeons are highly trained across multiple disciplines, allowing us to perform surgeries ranging from the most microscopic and delicate procedures to those routinely done on an outpatient basis. We work in conjunction with physicians and surgeons from our community to provide a full spectrum of the most advanced surgical techniques available. We are dedicated to making your surgical experience a successful one and strive to make you as comfortable as possible during your stay with us. Our staff and physicians are committed to providing exceptional surgical care in an environment dedicated to comfort, safety and respect.

Preparing for Surgery

We are committed to not only caring for our patients, but their families and loved ones as well. This information will guide you and your family through the surgical experience and prepare you for your procedure and recovery.


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.
  • If you get a fever, cold or rash, call your doctor. Surgery may need to be postponed.
  • No eating solid foods after midnight before your surgery (includes gum, candy or mints). The Surgery Center may call and give more specific eating and drinking instructions on your individual case.
  • You may drink clear fluids up to 2 hours before you arrive.
  • Remove all jewelry and piercings (including wedding rings).
  • Please bring your insurance card, a photo ID and a form of payment.
  • Please bring inhalers and CPAP/BiPAP if applicable.
  • 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.
  • Plan for post-surgery needs such as transportation, home care or skilled care.
  • Arrange to have someone with you at home for at least 24 hours following surgery. 
  • 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.

Heart, Lung and Vascular Surgery

Our heart, lung and vascular surgeons perform complex heart surgery with outstanding results and are on the leading edge of very advanced treatment options. Many procedures can now be accomplished using minimally-invasive techniques.


  • CABG (coronary artery bypass surgery)
  • Atrial septal defect repair
  • Aortic dissection repair
  • Heart valve surgery (repair and replacement)
  • TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement)
  • MAZE procedure to treat atrial fibrillation
  • Complex surgery for patients who have undergone one or more previous cardiac operations
  • Lung surgery
  • Thymectomy
  • Minimally invasive surgery


You can count on our orthopaedic team to provide you with the very best care. Our physicians, nurses and support staff will do everything they can to ensure you have a positive experience. We will work together to provide education, reassurance, quality care and comfortable surroundings before, during and after your surgery.