The Night Before Surgery
Please follow these important guidelines:
- Don't eat or drink anything including water, candy, or chewing gum
for the specified time before your surgery, as instructed by our
pre-admitting nurse or doctor's office.
- You may brush your teeth or have a sip of water to take your regular medication.
If you eat or drink anything by mistake, call your physician or the Surgery
Department at (626) 457-4752 before coming to the hospital.
- Notify your doctor if you become ill; develop a cold, persistent cough,
or fever; or note any changes in your condition.
- Advise your physician of any allergies you may have or medications you
- Please leave your valuables at home.
The Day of Surgery
At San Gabriel Valley Medical Center, we want to make the day of your surgery
go as smoothly as possible. If you're scheduled for general, regional,
or monitored anesthesia, please arrive two hours prior to your surgery.
If you're due for local anesthesia, arrive one hour before surgery.
(Children under age nine may arrive one hour prior to surgery, regardless
of the type of anesthesia scheduled.)
If you would like family and friends nearby, they may relax in our comfortable
surgical waiting area located adjacent the Surgery Department. And if
you are the parents and/or guardians of a patient under age 18, we are
happy to have you accompany your child until he or she is transferred
to our surgical suite.
When your surgery is completed, the surgeon will talk to your family members/friends
in the surgery waiting room. The nursing staff will also inform your family
members/friends when they may visit you. The staff will also work with
you to assess any discomfort and make you as comfortable as possible.
You will be asked frequently about the level of pain you are experiencing.
Pain management is a top priority at San Gabriel Valley Medical Center
and our goal is make you feel as comfortable as possible.
After Your Surgery
Depending upon the type of procedure you have, you will either be discharged
on the day of surgery or will stay overnight in the hospital.
Our staff will also provide you with personalized post-surgery instructions
to assist you with your recovery. Take-home prescriptions may be filled
at the pharmacy of your choice.
If you are discharged on the day of surgery, you'll need a family member
or friend to help take you home. They may park temporarily in the patient
drop-off/pickup zone in front of the main lobby. You'll be escorted
in a wheelchair to the lobby to await your ride.
The next day, we'll call you to see how you are doing. The Surgery
Department nursing staff will ask if you have any concerns about your
recovery. If you have any questions, please call Surgery from 8 a.m. to
9 p.m. at (626) 457-4752 or (626) 570-6500.
- After surgery, we ask you to follow these guidelines for a safe recovery:
- Don't drive or operate machinery until the day after surgery.
- Don't drink alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours.
- Don't make critical decisions or sign important papers for 24 hours.
- Rest quietly the night of your surgery.
If any problems arise, call your doctor immediately. If you are experiencing
a medical emergency, call 911.
Need an appointment? Our Pre-Admission Center hours are Monday through
Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There's no appointment necessary, but
we highly recommend that you make one. Please call (626) 570-6625 to schedule