St Louis Surgical Consultants
226 South Wood Mills Road,
Suite 49 West
Chesterfield, Mo 63017
Tel: 314 434 1211
Fax: 314 434 4419



Call 911 if you experience:

- Difficulty breathing
- Uncontrollable bleeding
- Debilitating pain


Post-Operative Instructions:

Click on the links below:

Tips for Safer Surgery

Preventing Post-Operative Constipation 

Post-Operative Instructions

Preventing Post-Operative Constipation 

The following documents will help you better understand what to expect after your surgery, including limitations, pain control, diet, and common issues that may occur, as well as the best way to solve some of these issues. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you read these instructions prior to surgery and refer to them after your surgery. You will receive instructions when you are discharged from the hospital, but they will not be as detailed as what you find here:

General Surgery Instructions Appendectomy
Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder) Breast (General)
Breast (In-Office Biopsy) Hernia (Inguinal, Femoral, Umbilical, Ventral, Incisional)
Hiatal Hernia / Fundoplication

Surgery Specific Information


Our general surgeons are Fellows in the American College of Surgery (ACS). The ACS website offers a wealth of knowledge about specific surgeries, including: benefit and risk analysis, anatomy involved, the disease process, & how the operation is generally done. Below are links to Surgical Patient Education sheets for common surgeries that we perform. For more information, as well as the most recent, please visit

ACS Cholecystectomy ACS Groin Hernia (Inguinal)
ACS Cholecystectomy SPANISH ACS Groin Hernia (Inguinal) SPANISH
ACS Cholecystectomy CHINESE ACS Umbilical Hernia

Other Information

Gallbladder Diet Information Digestive System Diagram
Low-Residue Fiber Diet

Breast Medication Information

Arimidex Tamoxifen
Evista Exemestane/Aromasin

Diagnostic Imaging / Testing

Diagnostic testing is commonly used to diagnose, or confirm a diagnosis, for the majority of conditions that we treat. If possible, we prefer testing to be completed at St. Luke's Hospital, or its Desloge Outpatient Center, to ensure easy access to well executed studies. If your insurance does not allow this we suggest Metro Imaging.

  • Location of St. Luke's Hospital Radiology Department (314-205-6565): 2nd floor of the main hospital, across from the Emergency Room

  • Location of St. Luke's Desloge Outpatient Center (Building A): Across Highway 141 from the main hospital campus

  • When CT scans are used to examine your abdomen or pelvis, your doctor orders a clear liquid diet prior to the CT scan so the contrast is more visible and the CT picture is clear.

  • NO FOOD after midnight the night before your scan or 6 hours prior to your scan - whichever is more convenient.

  • You may DRINK clear liquids (water, tea, black coffee, soda). NO milk products.

  • Prescription medications may be taken with a sip of water the morning of surgery.

  • IF oral prep is required for you procedure:

    • You will need to drink ½ of the Barium Sulfate Contrast 2 hours prior to your appointment (given to you by our office)

    • You will need to drink the remaining ½ bottle 1 hour prior to your appointment:

    • Another cup may be given to you before entering the CT scanner.

Be sure to call our office 4-5 days after any diagnostic imaging / testing to receive the results.


WHO to Expect In the Operating Room


WHAT to Expect in the Operating Room



What is a "Hernia"? A hernia occurs when an organ or fatty tissue squeezes through a weak spot in a surrounding muscle or connective tissue called fascia.

Where is a typical "Hernia"? The most common types of hernia are:

  • inguinal (inner groin)
  • incisional (resulting from an incision)
  • femoral (outer groin)
  • umbilical (belly button)
  • hiatal (upper stomach)

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