General surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on abdominal organs, e.g., intestines including esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts, and the thyroid gland. They also deal with diseases involving the skin, breast, and hernias.  Capital Medical Center can assist you in finding a physician who specializes in general surgery by clicking on the link that directs you to our medical staff directory.

Welcome to the future of surgery in Olympia. Capital Medical Center is proud to offer a comprehensive approach to outpatient surgery, combining the convenience and flexibility of same-day surgery with the strength and reliability of a full-service hospital. The perfect blend of surgical expertise, patient safety and personal attention has made our General Surgery Program award-winning.  Capital Medical Center is ranked in the Top 10 hospitals in Washington for general surgery and we are rated #1 in Thurston County (HealthGrades, 2011).  In addition, the hospital boasts a 5-star rating in Appendectomy surgery (HealthGrades, 2011).  It’s outpatient surgery with your safety, comfort and privacy as our top priority, and you won’t find a better combination anywhere.

Surgical Services

  • Ambulatory Center (same day surgery)
  • Endoscopy/Special Procedures
  • Six Surgical Suites
  • Inpatient Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Pre-Surgery Clinic
  • Pain Clinic

Comprehensive Surgical Specialties

Our highly skilled team of healthcare professionals are dedicated to your health. From the surgeon to the anesthesiologist, from the nurses to the surgical technicians, they utilize caring hands and hearts, and the full complement of technology a full service hospital can offer.

Skilled Surgical Nursing Care

We believe when the patient knows what to expect, he or she will feel less apprehensive. It is important to take the time to keep you well informed. And our skilled professionals will do just that. They are always available to answer any questions you or your family may have. They are part of a complete surgical support system Capital Medical Center has carefully assembled for your care.

Expedited Registration and Discharge

It is important to us that you and your family feel comfortable and at ease. Pre-registration for your procedure will take place prior to your arrival at Capital Medical Center. That allows you to arrive knowing that less paperwork, and less time will be

Canceling Surgery

Your surgery may have to be canceled or rescheduled if you eat or drink anything beforehand, or if you have a change in your physical condition, such as a cold, fever, persistent cough or rash. If these or other unforeseen reasons cause you to cancel surgery, please contact your physician’s office as soon as possible.

24-hr. M.D. Anesthesiology Coverage

You can feel secure knowing that an Anesthesiologist is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Working with your surgeon, you have the support of trained medical professionals during your procedure.

Personal Comfort Robes

We’ve got you covered! Plush robes are provided to our surgical patients to wrap yourself in luxury during your stay. Personal attention is an important part of our care.

Warm Blanket Service

The touch and feel of a warm blanket snuggly wrapped around you by caring, attentive professionals. We will do everything possible to make your visit as comfortable as possible.


At Capital we want your entire experience to be positive. Most surgery patients check in early in the morning.  We suggest that you park in or near our emergency entrance as this is the area that you will enter to check-in when you arrive.  We want to alleviate the worry of finding a parking place, or knowing where to park in advance.  The latte stand is just outside the ER doors for family members who might enjoy a warm cup of coffee or a latte.

Post-Procedure Follow-up

Trained professionals will call you to check on you after your surgical procedure. They’ll ask you if you’ve had any prescriptions filled, or are having any difficulties since your discharge. Our caring and compassionate staff members want you to know that you may have been discharged, but your follow up care is just as important. Let our caring hands reach out to you!

Surgery Instructions for Children

Whether our patient is a child, teen, adult or a senior, our guidelines apply to all. Babies and young children may wear pajamas to the hospital and bring their favorite toy or blanket, if desired. It is not safe for anyone to care for a child who has had surgery and drive a car at the same time. Please bring another adult to assist you. Be prepared to stay at the hospital until your child is discharged.

Full-Service Hospital Support

Feelings of anxiety prior to any visit to the hospital may be present. But your visit is backed by the support of an entire highly-trained hospital staff. The availability of these resources can alleviate any fears you may experience.