At Aspen Surgery Center, our focus is on patient care and providing superior customer service. On this page, you will find information to help prepare you for your surgery or procedure. Please choose a link to obtain important patient information. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us at 925-937-8100.

Before Your Surgery

Before Your Surgery:

  • It is your responsibility to arrange in advance for a responsible adult to drive you home and remain with you the first 24 hours after surgery. You cannot drive yourself or be left alone if you have had anesthesia or any sedation. Your surgery will be cancelled if you do not have a ride home.
  • Go online to to complete your health history as soon as your surgery/procedure is scheduled. An Aspen pre-op nurse will be calling you two business days prior to your scheduled date to review the information you have provided as well as to give you instructions and confirm your arrival time.
  • A representative from our business office will contact you regarding your insurance coverage if you owe any payment the day of surgery (co-payments, deductibles, fees for non-covered items, etc.).
  • If your surgeon has ordered any pre-operative testing (e.g. EKG, lab work) please have it done as soon as possible so that we receive results in a timely manner, which allows us to address the need for any follow-up testing.
  • If you develop any changes in health (i.e. a cold, fever, and/or rash) please notify your surgeon immediately.
Day of Surgery

Day of Surgery/Procedure:

  • Arrive promptly at the time you’ve been told to arrive. This will allow adequate time for all necessary admission procedures. Please have the phone number for your ride available, if they are not staying at the center, so that we can call them when you are ready to go. If your surgery is scheduled for one hour or less (especially cataract and GI procedures) we encourage your ride to stay at our facility. Your surgery will be cancelled if you do not have a ride home.
  • Do not eat or drink ANYTHING after Midnight – this includes water, gum, breath mints, cough drops, etc. – unless instructed otherwise by your anesthesiologist. Do not smoke after midnight. If you normally take your heart, blood pressure, reflux, Parkinson’s or anti-seizure medications in the morning, please do so with a small sip of water.
  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. Please shower the morning of surgery and please do not use any highly scented items (lotions, perfumes, etc.), deodorant, or make-up. Please do not wear any jewelry.
  • If you wear dentures, hearing aids, or eyeglasses we encourage you to bring them with you along with their containers/case. If you wear contact lenses we encourage you to wear your glasses the day of surgery since they will need to be removed before surgery.
  • Bring your insurance card and photo ID and any payment you may owe. If you have an Advance Directive, Power of Attorney for Healthcare, or Conservatorship please bring a copy with you.
  • Patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (legal guardians must provide proof of guardianship). Parents and legal guardians MUST stay at the surgery center the entire duration of their child’s stay.
After Your Surgery

After Your Surgery/Procedure:

  • You MUST have a ride home!
  • After recovering in our post-anesthesia care unit (where you will receive something to drink and a snack) we will review discharge instructions with your ride before sending you home. A written copy of these instructions will also be provided. Please follow these instructions regarding diet, rest, activities, and medications for a speedy recovery!
  • Please do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or make important personal or business decisions for at least 24 hours after surgery.
  • It is common to feel drowsy, dizzy, or nauseous following anesthesia. These are normal side effects and may last 12-24 hours. Plan to rest, eat light, bland meals when you get home, and to have someone stay with you.
  • If you experience any unexpected, severe pain, heavy bleeding, or a fever greater than 101o contact your surgeon or go to the emergency room immediately.
  • A post-op nurse will call you the day after your surgery to check on how you are doing and to answer any questions you may have.
Parents of Pediatric Patients

Parents of Pediatric Patients:

Our team of surgeons, pediatric anesthesiologists, and nurses are here to provide quality care for your child and to help you understand the surgery process and prepare for the experience as much as possible.

Before surgery, a nurse will call you to review your child’s health history, arrival time, and answer any questions you may have. You will be instructed to bring:

  • your child’s insurance card
  • any special toys or comfort items
  • a bottle or tippy cup for after surgery
  • extra diapers
  • Proof of legal guardianship if applicable

It is extremely important that your child’s stomach is empty prior to surgery. Follow the directions given to you by our anesthesiologist; otherwise the surgery may have to be postponed.

As the parent or legal guardian, you are required to remain in the facility while your child is under our care. You will be with your child in the pre-op and the recovery rooms. We also encourage you to accompany your child to the operating room doors. Once your child has entered the operating room suite, you will return to the waiting area until your child is brought to the recovery room.

Once your child has recovered sufficiently from anesthesia and can drink some liquids, he or she will be able to go home. You will be given instructions about your child’s diet, activities, and medications following surgery and any other care you may need to provide once you child is home.