PRE-OP Instructions


  • Do not eat or drink after midnight unless otherwise directed
  • Shower and use cleaning wipes (if provided) as instructed
  • Take medications as instructed by nurse who calls you the day before surgery
  • Bring unrefrigerated medications with you
  • Do not take aspirin or anti-inflammatory products (Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Aleve) for at least 7 days prior to surgery. Notify your surgeon if you are taking blood-thinning medications.
  • Do not bring any jewelry, money or valuables with you to the hospital. The hospital is not responsible for lost belongings.
  • If you are going home after surgery, please arrange your transportation ahead of time. You may not drive yourself home.


  • Check in at Admitting
  • You will be asked to change into a hospital gown and your vitals will be taken
  • A nurse will start an IV to prepare you for surgery
  • You may have a friend of family member wait with you until you go into surgery
  • Prior to surgery you will speak with your operating room nurse, anesthesiologist and surgeon.
  • After speaking with them, you may receive medication to relax you prior to proceeding into the operating room.


  • Your friends or family members will be directed to the surgery waiting room.
  • When your surgery is finished the surgeon will come to the waiting room to meet with your family or friends.


  • You will be in the recovery area until you are awake, alert and responsive.
  • Your stay in the recovery room will be approximately 1-2 hours.
  • You will be monitored closely by a nurse to ensure your comfort and safety.
  • When ready you will be transferred to your hospital bed or discharged home.
  • If you are going home same day you will be wheeled out of the hospital to your transportation at the main entrance of hospital
  • Deep breathing is important after to surgery to oxygenate your lungs.
  • For your diet following surgery, begin with clear liquids and add food as your doctor has instructed.
  • It is important after to surgery to turn in bed, move your legs and try to be mobile to improve circulation and prevent blood clots.
  • It is important to elevate the area operated to at or above the level of your heart to prevent and/or improve swelling.
  • Unless otherwise instructed, you may apply ice or cold pack to the affected area.

*Parking is limited at Ventura County Medical Center. Please plan to arrive early to allow ample time for parking and registration.*

Please enter through the entrance on 300 Hillmont Ave.

Ventura County Medical Center has a complimentary Shuttle Service available to all patients, visitors and staff from 6:30am until 9:00pm Monday through Friday. They provide door to door service and can be reached at 805-218-0238 or 805-218-3992. They travel to key points of the campus routinely for easy access.

  • Orthopedic Trauma Association
  • AO North America
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Healthcare Volunteers Overseas
  • Physician Assistants Orthopedic Society
  • The American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • The Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Sign Fracture Care International
  • Ruth Jackso
  • VietCal
  • Nth Dimensions