What to Expect

Information to prepare you for your visit

We've gathered some pre-visit suggestions, answers to frequently asked questions, and information to prepare you for surgery at Los Alamitos Medical Center.

Pre-visit suggestions

  • Follow all of Los Alamitos' safety rules.
  • Schedule a consultation with your physician to talk about what will happen at the hospital and to learn who your physician will be while at the hospital.
  • Designate a friend or family member as your advocate and authorize him or her to communicate with your medical team if necessary.
  • Know your rights as a patient.

Frequently asked questions

What paperwork do I need to complete?

You can fill out most paperwork needed ahead of time by pre-registering online before your visit. Other forms you may be asked to complete include:
  • Consent for Treatment form
  • Authorization to Release Protected Health Information during this admission
  • Acknowledgement of Receipt of Notice of Privacy Practices

What pre-admission testing needs to be done prior to my surgery?

Your physician is in charge of ordering any tests necessary before your surgery. We recommend you complete tests two to 10 days prior to your surgery date to allow time for your physician to get the results. Common pre-surgery tests your physician may order include:
  • Blood test
  • Urine test
  • Chest X-ray
  • EKG

Where do I get directions to the hospital?

You can access that information on our Maps & Directions page.

Preparing for your surgery


Discuss with your physician whether you should stop taking your medication before surgery.

Food and drink restrictions

Discuss with your physician what you can and cannot eat or drink before your surgery.


Should you develop flu-like symptoms including fever, cough or congestion, notify your physician immediately.

Returning home after surgery

Have an adult to drive you home after your surgery. You will not be allowed to go home without an adult to drive you.

The day of surgery

Arriving to the hospital

Please arrive two hours prior to your scheduled surgery to allow time for admitting and preparation procedures.

Bathing, brushing teeth and makeup

Bathing or showering and brushing your teeth are fine. Please limit makeup and remove any body piercings and jewelry.

Visiting friends and family

Visitors will be restricted while you are recovering from anesthesia. If you get moved to a room, your visitors will be allowed to see you there.

Canceling surgery

If you need to cancel your surgery, notify the hospital surgery department and your physician as soon as you can.

Learn more about your condition.

 If you have questions or need more information, call us at (855) 840-3668.