Your Guide to Surgery

We welcome the opportunity to provide you with excellent surgical care and assist you during your recovery. Our experienced team, including expert surgeons, anesthesiologists and specialized nurses, provide advanced, compassionate care for you before, during and after your surgery.

We want you to be as informed as possible. Our booklet, A Patient’s Guide to Surgery, will help you prepare for your surgery. Additionally, your surgeon and team will spend time with you to discuss all aspects of your procedure.

We also offer a transfusion-free medicine program for those who wish to avoid the use of donor blood during procedures.

Types of surgery

Our surgeons are experts in all types of surgical procedures. Your surgeon will recommend the approach that offers you the best outcome. Here are the types of procedures we perform:

  • Traditional: Also known as conventional or open surgery, this technique uses a longer incision to access a surgical site.
  • Minimally invasive: Uses tiny, or small, incisions instead of a larger incision, inserting miniature instruments to perform the procedure.
  • Robot-assisted: A type of minimally invasive surgery using a high-tech robotic surgical system. Your surgeon controls the procedure from a nearby console and you are monitored by the expert team at your bedside.

Read about what you can do to prepare for surgery and learn more about recovering from surgery.

Questions to ask your surgeon

We encourage you to ask your surgeon and members of your care team any questions you have. Feeling confident and informed about your procedure will help you have your best recovery. Commonly asked questions may include:

  • How will you perform the operation?
  • What are the possible complications?
  • How will you manage my anesthesia?
  • How should I prepare for my surgery?
  • What will my recovery (short-term and long-term) be like?
  • Will I be able to return home following my surgery?
  • What type of care will I need?

Second opinions

Please know that unless you are in an emergency situation, you are welcome to seek a second opinion from another surgeon about your upcoming surgery and related options. This is common and you should not feel uncomfortable about your request.

Day surgery (outpatient surgery)

Many surgical procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. You check in to the hospital or surgery center in the morning, and by evening you’ll be recovering in your own home.

Day (outpatient) surgery locations

General location information for the other locations with day surgeries:
Gene & Mary Ann Walters Day Surgery Center (Tacoma)
Gig Harbor Surgery Center (Gig Harbor)
Highline Medical Center (Burien)
Harrison Medical Center (Bremerton)
Harrison Medical Center (Silverdale)
The Orthopaedic Center at Harrison (Silverdale)
St. Anthony Hospital (Gig Harbor)
St. Clare Hospital (Lakewood)
St. Elizabeth Hospital (Enumclaw)
St. Francis Hospital (Federal Way)
St. Joseph Medical Center (Tacoma)