FAQ: DOC Surgery Center

How long does surgery take?

Generally from one to three hours, depending on the type of surgery. This does not include the time to get you ready (usually one hour) or the time for recovery after surgery (one to two hours).

When can I get back to work?

The recovery period depends on many factors including the type and length of surgery and the patient's health. Your surgeon can tell you what to expect.

When do I pay my part of the elective surgery?

All patients are asked to pay their portion not covered by insurance on or before the day of surgery. This may include a deductible, co-pay, or coinsurance.

How do I pay the surgery center for my part of the payment?

We glady accept credit cards, debit cards, or cash.

Do I need to have blood work done, or any other tests?

Your surgeon will order all tests appropriate to your particular surgery.

What type of anesthesia is used there?

The type of anesthesia, whether general, local, or regional, is determined by the anesthesiologist in consult with the surgeon. Many factors are taken into consideration, including the patient’s health and the type and length of the procedure.

Can I drive myself home and take care of myself at home? 

No. You must be accompanied by a responsible adult, 18 years of age or older, at the time of discharge following your surgery. If personal arrangements are not possible, limited options are available in the community at the patient’s expense. Advanced arrangements are required, so be sure to contact our nursing staff or your physician, if this applies. Someone needs to be with you for at least the first 24 hours following surgery to assist with your care.

Can I eat, drink, or smoke before surgery? 

No. Most surgical procedures require that you refrain from eating or drinking past midnight, or as instructed by your surgeon. Your surgeon may instruct you to take certain prescribed medications with a sip of water when you first wake up. Be sure to check with your surgeon regarding taking medications the day of surgery. You should not smoke the day of surgery and, ideally, refrain from smoking as long as you can before the procedure date.

What are some of the similarities between hospitals and surgery centers?

As with hospitals, surgery centers are monitored and regulated by State of Nevada officials who ensure quality and safe patient care. Surgery takes place in a sterile operating room suite with modern equipment. Patients are cared for by doctors and nurses—all of whom trained in and, in some cases, still work at hospitals. Like hospitals, surgery centers have a modern recovery room where patients are cared for after surgery and before going home.

What are some of the differences between hospitals and surgery centers?

Four of the more common differences are: 

  • Time: Surgery centers, like DOC Surgery Center, do not provide emergency care and all services are scheduled ahead of time. Hospitals are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and respond to emergencies in the community, which can delay scheduled procedures and surgeries. 
  • Cost: Because surgery centers do not provide overnight or weekend staffing, the costs are lower. In addition, all our patients have insurance or some means of paying. Hospital staffing is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which increases costs. And, since hospitals provide care for patients who often cannot afford their medical care, they must command higher prices to subsidize their care. 
  • Focus: Surgery centers provide a smaller range of services than a hospital. Focusing on fewer procedures and expertly performing them every day, allows surgery centers to be efficient and skilled at what they do. 
  • Convenience: Surgery centers are designed for access and efficiency, and because of their much smaller size, they are able to deliver this care in a more personalized manner.

If I have comments, suggestions, or concerns about my care, who do I contact?

All patients are provided with an evaluation form following their procedure. This form covers the surgical process from the time you arrive until the time you leave for home. It is a great place to tell us your thoughts on the care you received or single out that special staff member who made your experience pleasant and comfortable. You may also email us at info@ios.lvcoxmail.com for direct interaction with our administrative staff. We appreciate your feedback and continue to strive for excellence in all areas of care.

If you have a concern that you feel requires a more formal process, you may click on the following link to download an official grievance form.