Great River Surgeons
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
- Barrett’s esophagus
- Breast biopsy and surgery
- Circulatory surgery
- Colonoscopy and EGD
- Dialysis-access surgery
- Endocrine surgery
- Gallbladder surgery
- Hernia repair
- Lung surgery
- Varicose veins
Types of surgical procedures
Help for patients with colostomies, ileostomies and ileal conduits
- Achieving a more active lifestyle
- General education
- Issues with leaking pouches
- Pouching problems and solutions
- Skin complications
- Using different brands and pouching techniques
|Timothy Monson, M.D.||Christopher Nicholas, M.D.||Michael Niehaus, M.D.||Cara Sawyer, D.O.|
Becoming a patient
Arriving for the appointment
A few days before your appointment, you may receive some forms from Great River Surgeons to fill out at home and bring with you to your first appointment. If you don't enough time to fill out the forms at home, please arrive about 15 minutes before your appointment to complete the them at the office.
Besides these forms, bring:
- A list of medicines you are taking, including doses and how often you take them. Be sure to update your medicine list every time there is a change, and give a copy to each physician’s office when you visit. This list should include:
- Aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil) or other pain relievers
- Daily vitamins, herbal supplements or other health pills
- Over-the-counter medicines, including cold remedies you are taking for a short time
- Prescription medicines
- Copies of recent laboratory test results or X-rays – or ask your referring physician to send them
- Your insurance card
- Your insurance copayment
During the appointment
You will see a surgeon who will review your medical history, evaluate your symptoms, review your laboratory reports and X-rays, present you with a diagnosis and recommend the next step. Because each patient is unique, the evaluation process is different for everyone.
What happens next?
If your condition would respond to medicine, you will receive a prescription.
The surgeon could order more tests.
You could be scheduled for a procedure to fix the problem. If so, you will meet with a scheduler who will give you more information.
To refill prescriptions, call Great River Surgeons during office hours or ask your pharmacy to call. Please call one or two days before the medicine runs out.
On the day of the procedure
- Day Hospital
- Day Surgery
- Digestive Health Center
- Great River Heart and Vascular Center
For an outpatient procedure, you will be given time to recover before going home. You must meet specific criteria before the nurse will discharge you. The nurse will give you more instructions that will help you continue your recovery at home.
For an inpatient procedure, you can expect to stay from overnight to several days after the procedure. When you are discharged, you will receive instructions to help you continue your recovery at home.
1223 S. Gear Ave.
West Burlington, Iowa 52655