Surgery Patients

We cannot schedule a surgery at the hospital until we have received authorization for the surgery in writing. Our surgery coordinator, Sue Kort, will work closely with you to schedule your surgery as soon as we have obtained this authorization. She will also coordinate your pre-operative appointments and tests, as well as your post operative appointments. She can be reached at 916-817-6390 or

Preparing for Surgery

Pre-operative testing (i.e. blood work, chest x-rays, EKGs, and stress tests) will be required prior to surgery. All testing must be completed 2 – 4 weeks prior to surgery. Your level of fitness and nutrition prior to surgery should be maintained to the best of your ability. Continue with any fitness activities that do not cause pain. Maintain a healthy balanced diet. Let your doctor know of any sudden changes in your general health. Do not take any anti-inflammatory medications two weeks prior to surgery: Motrin, aspirin, Advil, ibuprofen, or any other blood thinners. Consult with your cardiologist if you have HISTORY OR ARE AT RISK FOR STROKE AND CORONARY DISEASE – you can take Tylenol or continue taking your pain medications if they do not contain any anti-inflammatory components. Continue taking any other regular prescription medications for your general health. Please discuss ALL medications you are taking with Dr. Orisek, Phil Lanum, our surgery coordinator and any other physicians you are treating with before surgery. Please bring a list of all medications you are taking with you to your appointment.

If you smoke cigarettes, it is strongly advised that you decrease the amount you smoke or stop smoking completely. Research indicates that smoking adversely affects bone healing and will thus delay or impede your full recovery following surgery. Inhalation of smoke irritates the breathing passages and may lead to respiratory problems during and after surgery. Any errands (i.e. house cleaning and grocery shopping) should be completed prior to surgery. The fewer concerns you have upon discharge, the easier your transition home will be.

If your surgery will require you to take time off from work, you may qualify for temporary disability benefits through the State of California.

Click Here For More Information on Temporary Disability Benefits.
Click Here To Download the Form for Temporary Disability Benefits.
Click Here To Request a Form For Paid Family Leave.

Preparations for your Hospital Stay

  • Have nothing to eat or drink 12 hours prior to your surgery
  • Daily medications should be taken with a small sip of water
  • Eat lightly the day before surgery
  • Make sure you follow instructions provided for colon cleanser preparation
  • If you have young children or a family member for whom you are the primary care-giver, arrange for alternative care for them after your surgery. This will allow for a restful recuperation period
  • On the day of surgery, dress comfortably and do not wear any perfume or cologne

Suggested Items to Bring to the Hospital

  • Two comfortable loose fitting outfits (i.e. jogging suit, nightshirts, bathrobe etc.)
  • Comfortable shoes and socks and slippers
  • Comb/brush, and any other personal grooming items that you normally use daily
  • Please leave valuables at home
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