Highland Hospital offers comprehensive surgery capabilities. About 5,500 procedures are performed each year, ranging from major trauma cases to elective outpatient procedures. Our surgery program is affiliated with the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine.
The most frequent outpatient procedures are orthopedics, general surgery (hernias, laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, soft-tissue excisions such as breast biopsies) and ophthalmology (cataracts).
The Ambulatory Surgery Unit provides services for pre-operative and post-operative elective surgical outpatients. In addition, the ASU provides care for outpatients receiving diagnostic/therapeutic procedures, such as bronchoscopies, lumbar punctures, thoracentesis, and blood transfusions.
Most patients receiving care in the ASU are discharged the same day. But patients occasionally require admission to the acute hospital when their conditions warrant closer observation.
All patients scheduled for elective surgery are seen in the Pre-Anesthesia Clinic the day before surgery and are interviewed by an RN and examined by an anesthesiologist. All patients receive individualized teaching to identify and meet their particular needs.
A pre-op nurse guides each patient through every step.
We have bilingual capability with interpreters to assist patients before and after the operation. We also offer interpretation for the deaf.