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UCLA Ambulatory Surgery Center

Welcome to the Ambulatory Surgery Center. The information below will help you prepare for your outpatient procedure.

Peter Morton Medical Building, 200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

We are located in the Peter Morton Medical Building (200 UCLA Medical Plaza) in Suite 660. This is where you will report to on the day of your procedure. Your doctor will give you a preliminary time that your procedure will take place. Since changes may occur in scheduling, we will call you the day before your surgery to confirm your arrival time. If you have not received a call by 3:00 p.m. the day before your surgery, please call the Ambulatory Surgery Center at (310) 794-1085.

Arrival

Parking is available in the Peter Morton Medical Building (there is a fee to park). Take the elevator to the sixth floor to Suite 660 to check in with our receptionist.

Preparing For Your Surgery

The following are general guidelines for preparing for your surgery. Please follow any directions that you receive from your surgeon and ask your surgeon or primary care physician if you have any specific questions.

  • Stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen or any products that contain aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) two weeks prior to your surgery, as these can cause prolonged bleeding. Ask your doctor about alternative medications you can use, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol).
  • Complete any tests that have been ordered by your doctor prior to your surgery. The results are crucial to your procedure.
  • Do not eat or drink anything before your surgery for the length of time specified by your doctor (i.e., "after midnight" or "after 6 a.m."-this will depend on the time of day your surgery is scheduled). This includes gum or hard candy. Your surgery may be cancelled if you have something to eat or drink after the designated cut-off time,
  • During your pre-op call to confirm your arrival time, a nurse will review any medication questions you may have.
  • Please be sure to arrange for an adult to drive you home after surgery. Your surgery will be cancelled if you have not arranged for a responsible adult to be available at time of discharge. If you have made arrangements to stay overnight, you will be discharged by 8:00 a.m. the next day.

Please remember, your surgery may be cancelled if you:

  • Eat or drink anything after your specified time.
  • Arrive later than your stated arrival time.
  • Have not arranged for transportation home with a responsible adult.
  • If you have a cold, fever or any other condition that may require postponement of your surgery, please call the Surgery Center at (310) 794-1085.

On the day of surgery

  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and low-heeled shoes. Depending on your procedure, you may have bulky bandages that will require looser clothing when you go home.
  • Please leave valuables at home, including jewelry, large amounts of cash, credit cards, etc. All jewelry must be removed prior to surgery.
  • If you wear contact lenses or glasses, you may be asked to remove them. Please bring a case for safe keeping.
  • Have a responsible adult with you to take you home from the Surgery Center. (This does not include a taxi driver or public assistance transportation.)
  • Please be prompt so that you will be ready for your surgery at the scheduled time. If you foresee a problem with arriving on time, please notify the Surgery Center as soon as possible.
  • Relatives and friends may wait in one of the Family Waiting Rooms while you are at the Ambulatory Surgery Center.
  • The Ambulatory Surgery Center is a smoke-free facility.

Your surgical procedure

When you check into the Ambulatory Surgery Center, the receptionist will ask you to fill out some paperwork. At this time, any financial concerns may be addressed.

Next, you will be escorted to the pre-operative holding area where a nurse will ask you to change into a hospital gown. The nurse will ask you pertinent health questions that are necessary for a complete evaluation.

During this process, an anesthesiologist will meet with you to discuss the appropriate anesthetic options with you and to answer your questions. An operating room nurse and your surgeon will also speak to you prior to going into the Operating Room.

When the pre-operative assessment is complete, and all consents have been signed for the procedure, you will be escorted into the surgical suite where your surgical team, consisting of your surgeon, anesthesiologist and surgical nurses will stay with you throughout the procedure. At this time, all family members will be asked to wait in the Family Waiting Room.

Following surgery, you will be transferred to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). In the PACU, you will be closely monitored as you recover from your anesthetic. Your surgeon or nurse will let your relatives or friends waiting in the Family Waiting Room know that the procedure is completed and will let them know when you can have visitors. It is not recommended for small children to visit in the PACU area. The length of stay in the PACU will depend on many factors, including pain control, comfort and instructions from your surgeon. If you are scheduled to remain overnight, you will continue to be monitored throughout the night.

Discharge Instructions

During your time in the PACU, written instructions will be given to you or your family by your nurse to follow when at home. Instructions may include care of your surgical site, what to expect during your recovery, and assistance with walking. If any medications are ordered, they should be available for pick-up from the pharmacy prior to your discharge. Please ask any questions regarding your care at that time. Once it is determined by the surgical team that you are ready to go home, you will be able to get dressed and to leave with a responsible adult.

Follow-Up

Be sure to follow the instructions given to you at the Ambulatory Surgery Center to ensure the best possible recovery from your procedure. You will receive a call from one of our nurses the day after your surgery to see how you are feeling and if you have any problems. If you have any immediate concerns about your medical condition once you arrive home (fever, chills, severe nausea/vomiting, bleeding or severe pain), you should contact the page operator at 310-825-6301 and ask for the resident on-call, or report to the nearest emergency room.

Contact Us

Peter Morton Medical Building (click for map and directions)
200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 660
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 794-1085