Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Arthroscopy?

Arthroscopic surgeries are minimally-invasive outpatient procedures. Through several small incisions, your surgeon will place small instruments, such a a fiber-optic device (arthroscope), to remove or repair damaged cartilage, ligaments, or other orthopedic-related structures. The arthroscope allows the surgeon to precisely identify and target abnormalities using a camera that displays local joint structures on a nearby screen. Some example arthroscopic procedures include: - ACL of the knee replacement or repair - Rotator Cuff of the shoulder repair - Removal of torn cartilage in the knee Arthroscopy is an ideal treatment option for many patients suffering from joint ailments. As a minimally-invasive surgery, it allows for shorter recovery times, less scarring and post-operative pain than traditional open procedures — a better way to get you back to doing what you love!

Am I required to pre-register for my surgery?

We strongly encourage our patients to complete their registration forms prior to their procedure date. Not only does it help us ensure your day of surgery runs smoothly, but it also alleviates the burden of filling out pages of paperwork right before their surgery.

What if I cannot make my consultation appointment?

We ask that you notify Cerritos Surgery Center at (562) 219-7251 preferably at least 24 hours in advance. Notifying us of your inability to make your scheduled appointment helps us better accommodate our patients into our providers’ tight schedules.

What should I wear to my surgery?

Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing is best. Examples include button-down shirts or blouses. We ask that you wear comfortable shoes leave all jewelry at home, including any and all piercings. Again, please remove any jewelry prior to your arrival.

For your safety, consider bringing glasses if you wear contact lenses. You may be asked to remove your contacts prior to surgery. If you do not have glasses, we recommend you bring contact solution and a contacts case.

Why must I refrain from eating and/or drinking prior to surgery?

Eating or drinking prior to surgery is a very serious safety hazard. By refraining from any food or drink, you prevent the risk of aspirating stomach contents during surgery. All patients must strictly abide by our policies. Your procedure will be cancelled and you will be sent home at the first indication this was not the case.

These policies are in place for your own safety. The specific times before surgery you must refrain from eating and or drinking are based on safety standards. Policies for children differ from those of adults. All necessary instructions for surgery will be provided to you in advance and general procedures can be viewed here.

Should I take my usual daily medication?

In general, patients are advised to take medication before leaving home. Instructions for diabetic medications will be individualized. For these patients, you will be informed of your instructions well in advance of your surgery.

Patients with inhalers are required to bring them on the day of surgery.

For all other medications, we kindly request you bring them on the day of surgery. If you have any questions, please call our office at (562) 219-7251.

Who may accompany me to my surgery?

Due to the current pandemic, we are not all allowing anyone besides our patients into the lobby. Patients will be called in to prepare for their surgery when the staff is ready to begin their pre-op. Minors may be accompanied by one parent or guardian throughout the preoperative prep. Your loved ones must wait in their car throughout the duration of your procedure. If you have any questions regarding our current policies, please give us a call at (562) 219-7251.

Will I be contacted by the Center before my surgery?

Here at Cerritos Surgery Center, we strive to provide a personal experience for all of our patients. You can expect to receive a call from our office prior to your surgery so we can answer any questions and assist you with any required paperwork.

Can I bathe before my surgery?

Regardless of your procedure, you can shower, bathe, shave, etc.

What should I do if I feel ill prior to surgery?

If you are not feeling well and experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that you notify our office staff immediately at (562) 219-7251.

- Trouble breathing - Persistent pain or pressure in the chest - Fever - Inability to wake or stay awake - Bluish lips or face - New confusion

If your symptoms do not align with those listed above, we still ask that notify our office immediately. In order to keep everyone safe and well, we are not allowing any symptomatic individuals into our center.

Do I need to cancel my procedure if I started my menstrual cycle?

No. This will not any of the procedures performed at Cerritos Surgery Center.

If I am potentially pregnant, can I still have surgery?

If you are uncertain of your pregnancy status, we ask that you notify out staff immediately at (562) 219-7251. Pregnant patients are only permitted to have essential surgeries in efforts to protect you and your growing family.

What if I do not have a ride home from surgery?

Patients undergoing any procedure with anesthesia will not be permitted to drive for 24 hours. Patients must confirm they will be able to receive a ride home for the day of surgery. For your safety, we do not allow patients to take a taxi or any other ride sharing service home. Furthermore, patients are not permitted to walk or take public transportation either. We ask that you make the necessary arrangements well in advance of your procedure. If you cannot find a ride to and from surgery, we ask that you notify our staff immediately at (562) 219-7251 to reschedule.

What if I have special needs?

Here at Cerritos Surgery Center, we strive to provide equal access to all of our patients and will certainly accommodate your needs. We kindly ask that you notify us in advance so we can prepare prior to your arrival. We also request that you bring any equipment you may need to make yourself comfortable, such as walkers, electric scooters, hearing aids, etc.

What must I bring with me on the day of surgery?

Please view our preoperative checklist here.


Are prices at the Cerritos Surgery Center negotiable?

Unfortunately, our prices are non-negotiable. We do not offer discounts or promotions in efforts to maintain equal pricing for all of our patients. For more information on pricing, view our disclaimer or contact us.

How long is the price I was quoted valid?

The Cerritos Surgery Center will honor our quotes for 30 days.

Will a surgeon be selected for me?

We encourage our patients to choose their desired provider. In the event the patient does not have a preference, we will select a surgeon based their availability.

What if the surgeon informs me I am not a surgical candidate?

Should you not be a candidate for surgery, you will only be held responsible for the $200 surgical consultation fee.

Will I need to stay overnight for my procedure?

Every operation performed at Cerritos Surgery Center is considered an out-patient procedure and rarely necessitates an overnight stay. Should a patient require such accommodations, our office staff will be happy to help make arrangements with other nearby facilities as we do not offer overnight visits at this time.