UCLA Ambulatory Surgery Center
Welcome to the Ambulatory Surgery Center. The information below
will help you prepare for your outpatient procedure.
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.
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
- 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
- Eat or drink anything after your specified time.
- Arrive later than your stated arrival time.
- Have not arranged for transportation home with a responsible
- 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
- 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
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.
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.
Peter Morton Medical Building (click
for map and directions)
200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 660
Los Angeles, CA 90095