Surgery Information

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The orthopedic surgeons at Ryu Hurvitz Orthopedic Clinic have privileges at all Santa Barbara, California hospitals, as well as Summit and Premier Surgery Centers for outpatient procedures. These state-of-the-art surgical centers enable our surgeons to provide a first-class experience to all patients.

If orthopedic surgery is determined to be a patient’s next step towards treating an injury or chronic joint condition, surgery can be scheduled by calling our office during business hours at (805) 963-2729.

Each orthopedic surgeon provides patients undergoing orthopedic surgery a distinct set of guidelines for pre-operative, post-operative and rehabilitation recovery. All guidelines will be discussed and provided upon the pre-surgery visit.

Pre-Operative Guidelines

  • Do not consume food or liquids, including mints and chewing gum, after midnight on the evening prior to the surgery date due to complications associated with anesthesia. We also recommend patients do not smoke, chew tobacco or consume alcohol for at least 24 hours prior to surgery.

  • Stop taking all herbal remedies, aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications (Advil, Aleve, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Naproxen, etc.) seven days prior to surgery, unless otherwise instructed by the orthopedic surgeon. However, it is acceptable to take Tylenol (acetaminophen) if medication is needed for pain.

  • All patients will require somebody to drive them home following surgery. Patients will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours following the procedure.

  • Do not drink or eat anything in the car on the trip home. The combination of anesthesia, food and car motion may cause nausea and/or vomiting. After arriving home, patients are encouraged to wait until they are hungry before attempting to eat. We recommend beginning with a light meal and avoiding greasy food for the first 24 hours.