FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
- How many Surgeons does ParkCreek have on staff?
Our team of Surgeons and Anesthesiologists consists of over 50 community physicians that have been granted privileges at Salinas Surgery Center.
- How long does surgery take?
Depending on the type of surgery performed, it generally ranges from one to three hours.
- When can I get back to work?
Many things lend to the recovery period, type of surgical procedure, length of surgery and patient’s health. A short surgical procedure will take 1 to 2 days of recovery, while lengthy procedures may require longer recovery times. Your surgeon can share more specific information so that you know what to expect.
- Does the Surgery Center accept credit cards or offer financing?
Yes. Visa and Mastercard are accepted. In addition, there is a medical financing program that is available for selected procedures. This is administered by Capital One. More information is available by clicking here.
- Do I need to have blood work done, or any other tests?
Your surgeon will order all tests that are appropriate to your particular surgery.
- When do I pay for elective surgery?
Patients whose procedures are not covered by insurance are asked to make payment before procedure date unless other arrangements are made. Patients with verified insurance are asked to pay their portion on or before the day of surgery. This may include a co-pay or co-insurance.
- What type of Anesthesia is used there?
General, local, regional, and spinal anesthesia are all available. Sedation is also available for selected cases as well. The anesthesia selected is determined by the anesthesia provider in consultation with the surgeon and takes many things into consideration: the patient’s health, the length of the procedure and other factors.
- Can I go home on my own?
No. On discharge post-surgically you MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult. Public transportation is NOT an option.
- Do you provide post nursing care?
If your surgery requires extensive post-operative care, we can help arrange for home care nurse through local services.
- Can I eat, drink or smoke before surgery?
No. Most surgical procedures require that you refrain from eating past midnight; clear liquids may be taken up to 3 hours before surgery. In terms of smoking, you should not smoke the day of surgery. The best bet is to refrain from smoking as long as you can prior to the date of procedure.
- What are some of the similarities between hospitals and surgery centers?
As with hospitals, surgery centers are monitored and regulated by officials in the State of Florida to ensure patient care quality and safety. Surgery takes place in a sterile operating room suite with modern equipment. Patients are cared for by doctors and nurses, all of whom trained, and in some case still work at hospitals. Like hospitals, surgery centers have modern recovery areas where patients recuperate before being able to go home.
- What are some of the differences between hospitals and surgery centers?
Four of the more common differences are discussed below:
Time. Hospitals are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and respond to emergencies in the community. This often requires unscheduled operations and procedures which, in turn, delay scheduled procedures and operations. Surgery centers do not provide emergency care and all of the services provided are scheduled ahead of time.
- Cost. Because surgery centers do not have to provide staffing overnight or on weekends, the costs are lower. In addition, all patients who are cared for have insurance or some means of paying. This eliminates the need to have insurers paying higher prices to subsidize the patient care costs for persons who cannot afford the medical care they need.
- Focus. Surgery centers provide a smaller range of services than a hospital. People do not come here for cardiac care, for instance. Patients who require overnight monitoring cannot be treated onsite at a surgery center. By focusing on fewer procedures, and performing them every day, surgery centers can be efficient and good at what they do.
- Convenience. In addition to safety, Surgery Centers are generally designed for access and efficiency. Many of the principles used in designing modern stores are used with surgery centers as well.