Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve tried to anticipate and answer your questions. If anything is left unanswered, please call us at 949.900.3480.

How long will my surgery take?

This will vary by procedure and patient. For most procedures, you can expect to be at the surgery center for two to four hours from admission to discharge. Check with your doctor about the specifics of your procedure.

Will I be able to see my doctor before my surgery?

Yes, your doctor will see you before your surgery.

Will my family in the waiting room know what’s happening to me?

After your surgery, your doctor will inform them about your outcome. If the surgery takes longer than anticipated, a nurse will keep your family updated. When you are ready for discharge, you may choose to have your family join you in consultation to review discharge instructions with your doctor.

Will I be able to speak to the anesthesiologist before my surgery?

The anesthesiologist will call you in advance of your day of surgery to go over the anesthesia plan, talk about any health issues or prior anesthesia experiences that could impact the procedure. This doctor will listen to your concerns and answer your questions. We hope that all of your questions will be answered during this phone conversation. But if you have any remaining questions, the anesthesiologist will talk with you on the day of your procedure. Our goal is helping your feel safe, comfortable and pain-free before, during and after surgery.

Why can’t I eat or drink after midnight, the night before my surgery?

You must have an empty stomach. Liquids or food in your stomach can cause serious—even fatal—respiratory complications when you receive anesthesia. If you have mistakenly consumed any substances after midnight—other than what your doctor has instructed—be sure to tell the nurse who admits you into Alicia Surgery Center.

What medications or vitamins should I take the morning of my surgery?

Your doctor or our center nurse will discuss the specifics of your medications with you and give you instructions about what to take and what not to take. Be sure to drink the least amount of water possible with any medications you are instructed to take.

Why should I remove jewelry?

Jewelry can cause skin irritations when exposed to the electrical equipment in the operating room.

What discharge instructions will I receive?

Discharge instructions are specific to each patient and each case. They will be shared with you in advance of your procedure and again before you are discharged.

Why can’t I drive myself home after discharge?

The anesthesia and pain medication you receive will impair your driving ability for about 24 hours. We insist that you have someone accompany you to the center and drive you home.

Will I be able to recover by myself at home?

We ask that you have a responsible adult supervise you for the first 24 hours after your discharge. This person must be able to help with your discharge instructions. We will call you the next day to follow up. If you experience any complications or adverse side effects, contact your doctor or call 911.