Surgery Instructions

Outpatient Surgery is performed at four locations:

Campus Sugery Center

901 Campus Drive, Ste 102
Daly City, CA 94015


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San Francisco Surgery Center

450 Sutter Street
Suite 500 - on the 5th Floor
San Francisco CA 94108

Parking garage entrance is on Sutter Street. Parking is VALET parking only. Parking fees are paid by the surgery center.


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California Pacific Medical Center

3700 California Street
(corner Cherry)
San Francisco, CA 94118


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Saint Francis Memorial Hospital

900 Hyde St.
(Corner Bush St.)
San Francisco, CA 94109


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CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO DO: (for patients at all locations)

  • Check with your PCP and our staff about the need to schedule a physical examination and/or lab tests (CBC, EKG, for example) before your surgery.
  • Call your our office the day before to confirm the time of your scheduled surgery.
  • Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before your surgery (including coffee, water, Lifesavers®, and chewing gum, unless otherwise indicated by your surgeon/PCP. If you have had something to eat or drink, please tell your surgeon.
  • You should drink plenty of fluids up until midnight to make sure that you are hydrated.
  • You are strongly encouraged not to smoke for 1 week or drink alcohol within 24-48 hours before your surgery.
  • If you are taking blood-thinning medications such as Aspirin, Advil, Motrin and etc., please stop taking it at least 2 weeks prior your surgery. (If you are taking Coumadin or Plavix, please discuss safely stopping these medications prior to the surgery) YOU MAY TAKE TYLENOL ONLY.
  • Arrange for someone to stay with you at home on the night of your surgery.
  • If you have children in your care, arrange baby-sitting for at least 24 hours after your return home.
  • Arrange for a designated driver to take you home on the day of surgery, if you are being released. Note: You may not go home alone in a taxi or on public transportation.
  • Call your doctor immediately if there are any changes in your health condition, such as fever, bleeding, excessive pain or difficulty breathing. Be sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
  • On the day of your surgery, go directly to the specific campus where your surgery is scheduled 
  • Please arrive 1.5 hours before your scheduled surgery. If you are scheduled for a 7:00am-7:30am surgery, please arrive at 6:00am.


Children less than 6 months of age:

  • NO infant formula for up to 6 hours before surgery.
  • NO breast milk for up to 4 hours before surgery.
  • Only clear liquids up to 3 hours before surgery.
  • Nothing by mouth for the 3 hour period immediately before surgery.

Children 6 months to 2 years of age:

  • NO solid food and/or nonclear/full liquids up to eight (8) hours before surgery.
  • NO infant formula for up to eight (8) hours before surgery.
  • NO breast milk for up to six (6) hours before surgery.
  • Only clear liquids up to three (3) hours before surgery.
  • Nothing by mouth for the three (3) hour period before surgery.

Children older than 2 years of age through adult:

  • NO solid food and/or nonclear/full liquids up to eight (8) hours before surgery.
  • Only clear liquids up to three (3) hours before surgery.
  • Nothing by mouth for the three (3) hour period immediately before surgery.


Solid foods and Nonclear/ Full Liquids = foods, milk, formula, breast milk, juice, nectar, vegetable juice, jello, gum, candy, mints

Clear liquids = clear apple juice, sugar water, water, 7-Up, pedialyte, balanced salt solution (Gatorade type solution).


For California Pacific Medical Center Patients

Preparing for Surgery

You must pre-register with the Admissions Department prior to your procedure. Pre-registration is a two-step process that is necessary for you to complete before having a surgery. This process involves speaking with an admitting representative and a nurse.

Pre-Registration and Learning Center

Phone: (415) 600-2500
1825 Sacramento Street at Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94109
Free Valet Parking

Step 1 – Pre-registration: Online or by Phone


Complete the surgery Pre-admission form for the campus where your surgery is scheduled. This will take about 10-15 minutes. Follow the online instructions to complete all steps of the process. Be sure to have your insurance information readily available when you complete the online form.

Phone: Please call (415) 600-2500 to register by phone.

Please call to speak with an admitting representative as soon as your test or procedure is scheduled. The admitting staff works to help you complete any necessary registration forms and insurance information by phone.

Step 2 – Pre-Registration: Nursing Assessment of Your Health History

The next step is speaking with a nurse, who will assess your health history and provide education about your surgery.

Please note:

If you complete Step 1 online, the nurse calls you as indicated on the online form.
If you complete Step 1 by phone, the nurse may complete the assessment during this call.

Based on your health status, the nurse may schedule an appointment for you to come in before the date of your surgery. This appointment should take about one hour to complete and will be at the Pre-Registration and Learning Center at 1825 Sacramento St. @ Van Ness Ave.

Please bring the following information to your pre-procedure appointment. If you pre-register by phone, bring this information with you to your surgery.

  • Any paperwork from your doctor (PCP, Specialist)
  • Insurance card
  • A list of medication that you are currently taking (be sure to include the dose, frequency, and route of each medication).
  • Guardians/Conservators: Guardian(s) of a child under the age of 18 or Conservator(s), as the legal representative of an adult patient who is unable to consent on his/her behalf, must bring the documentation which establishes you as the person authorized to make health care decisions for the patient.

*Pre-registration is complete*

For San Francisco Surgery Patients

A San Francisco Surgery Center Pre-operative Nurse will call you the day before your surgery. If you have not heard from them by 3:00PM, please call their center at 415-393-9600.

For St. Francis Memorial Patients

No special directions. See general checklist above.

For Children Having Surgery

Schedule your child for a hospital visit prior to his/her admission: A Child Life Specialist is available to help prepare your child for his/her hospital experience.

California Campus: The Pediatric Pre-Admission Program is a one-hour program for families that includes an interactive play session as well as a tour of the Operating Room and Recovery Room. There is no fee for this service. Please call (415) 600-2097 to speak with a Child Life Specialist or to register for this program.

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