Raulerson Hospital
We are a 100-bed acute care facility providing a full range of medical and surgical services. We have been serving the Okeechobee and surrounding communities for more than 30 years.

Tips for Preparing for an Outpatient Surgical Procedure

At Raulerson Hospital, we perform a wide range of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures. We have the technology to offer many minimally invasive surgeries that turn operations that used to require hospital stays and lengthy recovery periods into quick, easy procedures. However, even when surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, it is still important for you to follow certain guidelines before your surgery. Here are some ways to prepare for your outpatient surgery at Raulerson Hospital. 

Tips for Preparing for an Outpatient Surgical Procedure

Discuss Medications

Before your procedure, be sure to bring a list of all of the medications you’re currently taking to your doctor or surgeon. Include over-the-counter medications on your list. Some medications may need to be adjusted or discontinued for a certain amount of time before surgery. For instance, aspirin can prevent blood clotting and should be stopped two weeks before your operation. If you forget to tell your doctor about a medication, be sure to alert him or her before the procedure. You may need to reschedule.

Understand Anesthesia

There are many different kinds of anesthesia your surgeon can use. General anesthesia puts you completely under. Local anesthesia only numbs the treatment area and may be combined with a sedative in some cases. Discuss your anesthesia options with your surgeon, and make sure you understand the pre-operative requirements for the type you are having. With general anesthesia, your surgeon may advise you to avoid food and drink for a specific amount of time before your procedure.

Prepare for Recovery

Be sure to set yourself up for a smooth recovery before surgery. If you will be immobile, arrange to have people help you at home. Fill your prescriptions for post-operative pain medications and antibiotics before your surgery. Make contingency plans for work and home so you can focus on getting well.

With minimally invasive outpatient surgeries at Raulerson Hospital, you can get the care you need without missing a beat. Our hospital is home to specialists in a wide variety of fields, from orthopedics to women’s health. Learn more about our ER and other medical services by calling (888) 725-3918.  

Benefit Concert for Typhoon Haiyan Victims - Dec. 14, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan Benefit Concert Flyer1

Children of the Storm in cooperation with the City of Port St. Lucie is proud to present a Benefit Concert for Typhoon Haiyan Victims from the Philippines on Dec. 14th from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 and will benefit victims of the storm. 

The concert will be held at the South County Regional Stadium in front of St. Lucie Mets Stadium and will feature the following:

  • Bands from all of Florida
  • Food Truck invasion
  • Fun Run 
  • Entertainers from Filipino-American communities

The Fun Run is sponsored by the Treasure Coast Healthcare System (Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and St. Lucie Medical Center) and will begin at 11 a.m. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and is $20 per person and a max of $50 per family. The registration form is below.

We hope to see you there!

Fun Run Registriation Form

What Is a Colonoscopy?

What Is a Colonoscopy? - Raulerson Hospital

A colonoscopy is an important screening tool your doctor can use to diagnose colon cancer. Regular colonoscopies help your doctor catch colon cancer in its early stages, when it is most treatable and least likely to spread.

Colonoscopies are performed as outpatient procedures. Before the test, you will need to clear out your colon, your doctor will provide you with test prep information that will explain which method you should use. On the day of your procedure, you will receive a sedative to help you relax. You will not be fully sedated but you will not feel pain during the procedure. After your doctor positions you on your side, a colonoscope will be used to view the inside of your colon and the lower part of your small intestine. Sometimes, your doctor may also take a tissue sample. One of the great benefits of having a colonoscopy is that if your doctor finds polyps, they can be removed immediately.

Most people over the age of 50 should have a colonoscopy every 10 years, so call Raulerson Hospital today to schedule yours. We also has a full-service ER and a range of minimally invasive surgical procedures. To learn more, call (888) 725-3918. 

Preventative Care Overview for Women

At Raulerson Hospital, our Women’s Health Services team is skilled in treating a number of conditions, including tumors, fibroids, and breast disease. However, while treatment is one thing, prevention is even better. By taking advantage of our screening exams, you can stay on top of your health and catch problems before they become serious concerns. Most of our procedures are minimally invasive and painless. Which preventative tests should be on your calendar? Here are some major ones you should have performed regularly. 

Preventative Care Overview for Women - Raulerson Hospital - Okeechobee, FL


Mammograms are X-rays of your breasts. They are used to detect potentially cancerous changes in breast tissue. With regular mammograms, your doctor can diagnose breast cancer before you even have any symptoms. It is recommended that women between the ages of 50 and 74 have mammograms every two years. Some women should start having mammograms sooner and have them more often because they have an increased risk of breast cancer. At Raulerson Hospital, we use Computer Aided Detection, or iCAD, for the most precise results possible.

Pelvic Exam

During an annual pelvic exam, your doctor can diagnose a number of different conditions, including fibroids, sexually transmitted diseases, and cancer. During a pelvic exam, your doctor may perform a Pap smear. Pap smears are used to detect cervical cancer and can be life-saving. You should have a pelvic exam once per year. Your doctor will help you decide how often a Pap smear should be part of your exam.


Everyone loses bone mass as they age, but women are particularly vulnerable to a condition called osteoporosis. With osteoporosis, bones become so weak and brittle that even sneezing can lead to a broken bone. DEXA scans are a painless way for your doctor to see how dense your bones are and to start treatment for osteoporosis early. This test is usually recommended for post-menopausal women but may be used in younger women who have osteoporosis risk factors.

Trust Raulerson Hospital with your preventative care as well as your treatment needs. Our ER and 100 bed hospital has been providing residents of the Okeechobee and neighboring communities with quality care for more than 30 years. Whether you need joint replacement, ER care or anything in between, call us at (888) 725-3918. 

App to Monitor Women's Health

52 Weeks for Women's Health

Women have unique healthcare needs, but staying on top of healthy living doesn’t have to be difficult. The 52 Weeks for Women’s Health iTunes app puts a world of medical information at your fingertips.

This app allows you to take getting healthy one week at a time. Every week, there is a new health topic and tons of advice for achieving your goals. Use the app to keep track of important health stats and medications or to research various medical topics. You can also use the app to keep notes on your symptoms so you can report them to your doctor.

This app can make your appointments with your doctors more productive. We have your health care needs covered, with our ER, orthopedic services, minimally invasive surgery procedures, and much more. To find a doctor, call us today at (888) 725-3918. 

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