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Pre-Admission and Testing

Welcome to La Paz Regional Hospital.

Registration: Please call Registration at 669-7461, one or two working days prior to the date of surgery to confirm all necessary information including insurance issues.

Bring your insurance card and photo ID for identification purposes. Standard outpatient procedures are generally covered by your medical insurance. Full payment for any applicable deductible or co-pay is required at admission. For your convenience, VISA, MasterCard, and personal checks are accepted. Procedures not covered by insurance require 100% payment at the time of admission, unless prior arrangements have been made with the Finance Department.

Your physician and anesthesia fees, as well as any pathology, imaging/radiology, or laboratory studies are processed separately by the individual service providers. You will receive separate statements.

Once you know the date of surgery, obtain any necessary pre-operative tests 3-7 days before the surgery date. This allows time for results to be returned and reviewed prior to day of surgery. Patients who are scheduled for surgery often require some combination of Lab, Xray, EKG, cardiopulmonary testing, depending on their age and medical condition. These should be completed prior to the day of surgery.

If you are having surgery or a procedure requiring anesthesia or conscious sedation:
If you have ANY kind of sedation or anesthesia, you will not be allowed to drive for 24 hours. Someone must accompany you home and stay with you for the next 24 hours. You may not drive after surgery. This is a patient safety issue.
Call your surgeon's office if you develop a cold, sore throat, fever or any other illness that occurs within 48 hours prior to your surgery. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on when to fast, whether you can drink water, and any preparation you need.

Patients having GI procedures (i.e. colonoscopy, gastroscopy, and flexible sigmoidoscopy) should follow the dietary restrictions and preparation instructions given to them by their physician's office. Depending on the test or treatment you will be receiving, specific preparation may be required. This may include fasting and/or taking a special preparation. Your doctor should give you instructions on the any preparation you will need. If you have any questions about what you should do to be prepared, please call the department of the hospital where you will receive care:
Imaging/Radiology: (928) 669-7325
Laboratory: (928) 669-7385
Respiratory/Cardiopulmonary: (928) 669-7383
Surgery: (928) 669-7304
Cardiac Cath Laboratory: (928) 669-7478

Other instructions may apply to you and the nurse will give you specific instructions during your pre-op phone call.

Bring your medications or a current list of what medications you are taking.

Be prepared to arrive 1-2 hours prior to time of scheduled surgery.


If you wear contacts or glasses, please bring a case for them, as they will be removed prior to surgery.
Ladies: Please do not wear makeup, as this will inhibit the observation of skin color/tone. Please do not wear nail polish as certain equipment is used to monitor oxygenation and the polish may interfere with the interpretation.

Please wear loose comfortable clothing that will fit over whatever dressing you may have. Please remember your clothes will be stored in a bag during surgery, so choose accordingly (wrinkles, etc).

Check with your doctor about whether you should discontinue any of your current medications prior to surgery. If you take Aspirin or any medication containing aspirin, consult your doctor about how long before surgery you should stop taking this medication. Aspirin is a blood thinner and could cause excess bleeding during and/or after a surgery or procedure. If you take any other blood thinner, such as Coumadin, Plavix, or Ticlid, consult your doctor about how long before surgery you should stop taking this medication. Taking blood thinners before surgery or a procedure could cause excess bleeding during and/or after a surgery or procedure.
If you take insulin, please contact your primary care physician for instructions.

The nurse from the Surgery Department will call you a few days before your surgery to let you know the time to arrive for surgery and to answer any questions you may have. If you have questions prior to that, please don't hesitate to call us at 928-669-7304. Please leave a message if no answer and we will return your call as soon as possible. If you have a Health History questionnaire, please fill it out and return it to your doctor's office as soon as possible.

Thank you for choosing La Paz Regional Hospital for your health care needs.