Short Procedure Unit

For Your Health & Convenience

The Short Procedure Units (SPU) at the Gnaden Huetten Memorial and Palmerton Hospitals of the Blue Mountain Health System provide convenient and comfortable environments for surgery patients who will be in and out of the hospital in the same day. Because these units are located within the main hospital, full acute care medical services are available on-demand. That means you’ll receive the same level of quality care, compassion and individual attention you’d receive if you were admitted to the hospital.

Same-day surgery offers benefits to patients over conventional inpatient surgical stays in the hospital, such as:

  • Less invasive procedures
  • Reduced recovery time
  • Quicker return to work and full activity
  • Less time in the hospital.

Here are some of the many procedures available through our same day surgery departments:

  • Ear, nose and throat surgery
  • General surgery
  • Gynecological surgery
  • Ophthalmology surgery
  • Podiatric surgery
  • Pulmonary surgery
  • Urology surgery
  • Vascular surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Bladder Control/Incontinence Program

In some surgical cases, single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) is available. SILS is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which the surgeon operates almost exclusively through a single entry point, typically the patient’s navel. Unlike a traditional multi-port laparoscopic approach, SILS leaves only a single small scar.

In the Endoscopy Suite , we offer short-term diagnostic and therapeutic care for gastrointestinal disorders. The diagnostic studies are performed utilizing state-of-the-art fiber optic, digital and video equipment while administering only small amounts of medication to make the patient comfortable. Naturally, heart rate and rhythm are closely monitored throughout the procedure.

The Same Day Surgery Unit offers a variety of procedures in a relaxed setting, including blood transfusions, infusion and injection of antibiotics, medications to treat Rh negative mothers and the latest medications to treat arthritis and Crohn’s Disease. Catheterization may be performed to determine whether a urinary tract infection is present. Instillation of medication to treat bladder cancer is available. Instruction for self-medication injections is also offered. A physician order is required.

Additional information regarding same day surgery services and accommodations may be obtained by calling either 610-377-7076 at the Gnaden Huetten campus or 610-826-1156 at the Palmerton campus.

  • Hospital Locations

    The hospitals of the Blue Mountain Health System provide a wide array of services at both the Gnaden Huetten and the Palmerton campuses.

    Palmerton Campus

    135 Lafayette Avenue Palmerton , PA 18071
    610-826-3141

    Gnaden Huetten Campus

    2ll North 12 th Street Lehighton , PA 18235
    610-377-1300