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Preparing for Surgery

John Muir Health is committed to providing you with the very best care. To accomplish this, there are a few things you need to do before your stay with us.

Pre-Registration: All patients need to pre-register by scheduling an appointment to visit our pre-admission clinic in-person.

Clearance for Surgery: If you have a medical condition such as diabetes, heart disease, or lung problems and need medical clearance for surgery, please see your primary care physician at least two weeks prior to your surgery. If you do not have a primary care physician and need medical clearance or another consultation with a doctor before your procedure, please notify your surgeon.

Clinical Trials: If you are participating in a clinical research study and are coming to John Muir Health for a research-related procedure, please call Clinical Research at (925) 674-2580 prior to your arrival so we may go over details with you.

Advance Directives

You have the right to choose the medical treatment you want and to name someone you trust to make healthcare decisions for you should you become unable to do so.  An advance directive is a legal statement that lets your doctor, family, and others know your treatment decisions in advance of you being unable to communicate them on your own. 

If you do not already have an advance directive, you might want to consider creating one before your surgery.  Learn more about health care advance directives

Scheduling Your Pre-Surgery Appointment

Please call the Perioperative Evaluation & Management Clinic number listed below to make an appointment as soon as possible up to four weeks before your surgery.

Perioperative Evaluation & Management Clinic
(925) 941-4058
Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm, closed on holidays
122 La Casa Via, Suite 120
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

For any questions or concerns between now and your surgery, please call the Perioperative Clinic at (925) 941-4058 or the number listed below. 

Pre-Admission Services
(925) 674-2467
Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Closed on holidays
Concord Medical Center
2540 East Street
Concord, CA 94520

Short Stay Unit Outpatient Surgery
(925) 674-2091
Monday - Friday 7:30am - 9:00pm
Closed on holidays
Concord Medical Center
2540 East Street
Concord, CA 94520

What to Bring to the Appointment

Please bring the following items with you to your appointment:

  • A complete list of prescription and over-the-counter medicines and supplements, as well as bottles or containers if you wish
  • Your insurance information and Medicare card, if you have one
  • A copy of your living will or advance directive, which will become a part of your medical record
  • A durable power of attorney for healthcare, if applicable
  • A friend or family member if you wish
What to Expect at the Appointment

A nurse or nurse practitioner will meet with you to review your health history, discuss any medications you are taking, and provide you with educational material. We may also give you lab or heart (EKG) tests at this time. Other staff may be on hand to discuss questions you may have about anesthesia, pain medication, your recovery, or any other concerns.