Our qualified surgeons use state of the art equipment to perform some of the most advanced surgical procedures.


Our surgical team of technicians and nurses partner with our surgeons to provide our patients with the best in quality care. We care about your surgical experience, from the time our patients are scheduled until they are discharged home. We are proud of the many services we provide from Pre-Admission Testing, a comfortable Outpatient Surgery department, to a caring staff in the Recovery Room. We also employ a skilled Central Sterile processing unit to assist with our instrumentation. Our Infusion Therapy (IV Therapy) accommodates many patients so they may have their treatment close to home. Our team is dedicated to a safe, comfortable environment for all our patients.

If you have any questions about HRMC’s outpatient services or about your scheduled procedure please contact us at (606) 886-7550.

Ear, Nose, & Throat

ENT surgeons diagnose and treat conditions of the ears, nose, throat, head and neck such sinus issues, tonsil and adenoid removal, hearing loss, etc.


Surgery for conditions that affect the urinary tract and kidneys. Procedures include urinary incontinence, bladder, prostate, and more.


Surgery for conditions of the eye including cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and more.


Gynecological surgery refers to surgery on the female reproductive system. It includes procedures for benign conditions, cancer, infertility, and incontinence.


Our Orthopaedic surgeons treat conditions involving the musculoskeletal system.

Orthopaedics Details

Orthopaedic surgeons use both surgical and nonsurgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, and congenital disorders.


An endoscopy is a procedure used to visually examine your digestive system with a tiny camera on the end of a long, flexible tube.

Endoscopy Details

A gastroenterologist or general surgeon uses an endoscopy to diagnose and, sometimes, treat conditions that affect the esophagus, stomach and beginning of the small intestine (duodenum). Highlands Regional Medical Center offers high-definition imaging for medical and surgical endoscopy that can help save lives. This revolutionary technology is part of a new universal imaging platform specifically designed for use across medical and surgical endoscopy. The flexibility of this system allows for a common platform to be used for endoscopic observation and minimally invasive surgery in the operating room during a colonoscopy, upper GI endoscopy, bronchoscopy, laparoscopy and more.

The EVIS EXERA II™ universal imaging platform from Olympus is the world’s first to deliver both high-definition (HDTV) and Narrow Band Imaging™ (NBI) technology. The EVIS EXERA II system produces an impressive 1080 lines of resolution. Compared to conventional systems, high-definition endoscopy combined with Olympus’ proprietary Narrow Band Imaging, provides doctors with vivid, sharp and detailed images with better contrast, which in turn may help physicians provide patients with more accurate diagnoses.

The ACS recommends that beginning at age 50, both men and women should be screened for colon and rectal cancer. People with CRC risk factors, such as a personal history of CRC or polyps or a strong family history of CRC or polyps, should talk to their doctor about starting CRC screening earlier and/or undergoing screening more often.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery can mean reduced pain and less scarring.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Details

That’s why we offer a surgical option that uses small incisions for several procedures – including bariatric surgery and hernia, appendix and gallbladder removal – to get you back to doing the things you love quickly.

It’s called minimally invasive surgery, and it can mean reduced pain and less scarring. Now you can feel better faster with the latest in advanced care from Highlands Regional Medical Center.

Call the Physician Referral Line today at (606) 886-7586.

Instructions for Surgery

Highlands Regional Medical Center provides high quality care to our patients who require a surgical procedure. While in our care, you can trust that we will do everything we can to ensure that your experience is a positive one. However, there are some important steps you can take on your own to make your stay more comfortable while undergoing surgery. We ask that you carefully follow the instructions listed below, as they are set forth for your convenience.

Parking & Arrival. Patients reporting for outpatient surgery may park in the designated parking lot located in the front of our hospital. Please use the main entrance to the hospital located near the cafeteria.

Upon arrival, please report to the guest services desk where a representative will escort you to the outpatient surgery area. Prior to your procedure you will speak with a surgical nurse and have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss your concerns. This interview will take place either over the telephone or during a pre-operative visit to the Medical Center scheduled by your surgeon.

Food and Beverage Consumption. It is extremely dangerous to undergo anesthesia with either food or liquid in your stomach. That is why it is critical that you have nothing to eat or drink after 12 midnight the night before your surgery. Your stomach must be kept empty, including no gum, mints or hard candy. When you brush your teeth, do not swallow the water. In addition to avoiding potentially dangerous complications with anesthetics, the risk of a post-operative nausea reaction will be greatly reduced if your stomach is empty. Please be advised that your surgery will be canceled if you do not follow these instructions.

Children 6 years or under: No solid food or milk after midnight. However, small amounts (less than ½ glass) of water or clear liquids (such as apple juice) would be acceptable until 4 AM the morning of surgery if absolutely necessary.

Do not smoke, use chewing tobacco or snuff the evening prior to and the morning of surgery.

Medications. On the morning of surgery, take your Heart, Blood Pressure, and/or Breathing Medications as directed with a sip of water. Do not take Fluid Pills the morning of surgery. Stop Anticoagulant (blood thinners) and aspirin type medications five to seven days before surgery if directed to do so.

For Diabetics: DO NOT take any insulin or blood sugar lowering drugs unless your doctor has specifically told you to take them on the morning of surgery.

If you have any questions about which medications you should or should not take prior to your surgical procedure, please contact your physician.

Please prepare a list of your current medications, including over-the-counter medications, and bring it with you on the day of your pre-operative visit and/or day of surgery.

Family / Caregiver Support. A responsible adult should accompany you to the hospital, remain with you, and then drive you home. In addition we strongly recommend that a responsible adult also stay with you for 24 hours following surgery.

We invite your family members or friends to stay with you in the Out-Patient Department until you are ready to go into the operating room.

Parents are allowed to stay with small children until surgery time. Once the patient has gone into surgery, the family member or friend may wait in the outpatient waiting area. The doctor will come and talk to them as soon as your procedure is over.

Clothing & Personal Items. We recommend that you dress comfortably, preferably a loose fitting shirt or blouse that opens down the front.

Please be advised that all jewelry and contact lenses must be removed before surgery. Please leave these items at home to prevent them from being lost or misplaced. Remember to bring a case for your glasses. A denture cup will be provided.

Take a shower or bath and wash your hair the night before or the morning of your surgery. Get a good night's sleep before your operation. Do not wear make-up, nail polish, artificial nails or eyelashes. Do not bring any valuables with you (including credit cards, etc.).

Please bring your insurance card to the hospital with you on the day of your pre-operative visit and/or the day of your surgery.

You may wish to bring something to read or do while you wait. Children can bring their favorite toy or book with them.

If you are experiencing any health changes such as cold or flu, or increased temperature, please contact your surgeon's office.

Please call 886-7511 or 1-800-533-4762 ext.7551 between 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM one business day before your surgery is scheduled to confirm the time of your surgery. It is important that you contact us as it is possible that changes in the operating room schedule may be made in the days before your surgery.


Outpatients (who are discharged the day of their surgery) receive a follow-up phone call from a registered nurse one or two days after discharge. During the call, patients and care givers have the opportunity to ask questions about diet, medications, exercise and other aspects of recovery. We want to make sure you are doing well and following your doctor's instructions.

WE, THE STAFF OF HIGHLANDS REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ARE GLAD YOU CHOSE US TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR SURGICAL NEEDS DURING THIS IMPORTANT TIME. At any time, feel free to contact us at the above telephone number with questions regarding your planned surgery. Our business hours are 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.


Highlands Regional Medical Center

5000 KY Rt. 321
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
(606) 886-8511