The DISC Philosophy: Redefining Outpatient Care
Built with meticulous attention to functionality, efficiency and safety, DISC is designed to offer each patient an attentive, compassionate and personalized experience. Serving as an official medical center of Red Bull North America, DISC provides industry leading care to many of the world’s top athletes. DISC’s conservative mind-set and multidisciplinary approach has enabled numerous athletes to continue careers and push the limits of performance.
Providing the same level of care to all patients, the DISC goal is to embrace the individual needs of our patients, provide coordinated care, diagnosis and treatment, and enable patients to make informed decisions about their treatment plan and lifelong wellness.
Using specially designed instruments and implants, DISC surgeons perform surgery with smaller incisions and less disruption to the surrounding tissues and muscles. Personalized nursing care, patient education, and after-care services ensure each patient’s needs are met. The combined expertise of the DISC team results in consistently superior outcomes and a rapid recovery.
DISC maintains over a 99% positive patient satisfaction rating with over 97% rating of extremely/incredible satisfied patients. *Based 36.54% return rate of satisfaction forms mailed
With hospital infection rates as high as 5-10%, DISC’s center is designed to reduce post-operative infections using custom air handling units and strict protocols. Having performed over 6000 procedures, DISC’s surgical facilities have had zero MRSA surgical infections to date.
- 100% HEPA and UV Microorganism Filtration
- Strict Nursing Protocols and Stringent Housekeeping Measures
- Low Patient Volume of Elective Clean Cases (Healthy Patients in a Controlled Environment)
If at any point you have questions, DISC’s specially trained staff members are available to guide you through the procedural process. Newport Beach: 949-988-7888 | Marina del Rey: 310-574-0440
Before your procedure, please fill out your demographics and medical history via one medical passport:
> One Medical Passport Patient Demographics
Any ordered lab work must be completed within 14 days of surgery. You may be required to have a chest x-ray and EKG prior to surgery. Your history and physical can be no older than 30 days of your scheduled procedure.
For your safety, you cannot drive a motor vehicle after surgery. If your surgery involves a general anesthetic or other type of sedation you must arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you the first night following surgery.
A member of our staff will call you prior to your surgery date to confirm your appointment, your arrival time, go over your medical history, review your pre-op testing, provide pre-op instructions, and answer any questions you may have. Please tell us if you have any allergies to food, medications or latex.
Do NOT consume ANY food or drinks (including water, hard candy, and gum) for 8 hours before your surgery, unless otherwise instructed by our staff. Teeth may be brushed but DO NOT swallow water. You may be instructed to take routine medications the morning of surgery. Take these medications with only a small sip of water.
Refrain from smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages 24 hours before your surgery.
Talk to your doctors about daily prescription medications you currently take, especially for heart, diabetes or blood pressure as well as over the counter drugs such as aspirin, Advil, Motrin or any herbs or dietary supplements you might be using. If you are taking Plavix, Coumadin, or Aspirin or any anti-inflammatory medications, please make sure your surgeon is aware and has given you instructions.
All minors MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who is to remain in the building at all times while the minor is under our care.
You will be notified of the exact time to arrive by our staff during the pre-operative phone call. This time is needed to complete your paperwork and prepare you for your procedure. If you do not hear from us by 2pm the day before your scheduled surgery, please call MDR: 310-574-0440 or NB: 949-988-7888 and ask for the pre-op nurse.
Contact your doctor immediately if for any reason you cannot keep your scheduled surgery appointment or if you suspect you are pregnant, or experience any changes in health such as fever, cough, or cold.
Your surgeon will prescribe a muscle relaxant and a pain medication to take post-operatively. It is not uncommon to have constipation when taking pain medications. Please purchase the following from your pharmacy: Hibiclens and Colace 100 mg (also known as Docusate Sodium), which is a stool softener.
Anesthesia services are provided by a highly qualified anesthesiologist specializing in the outpatient environment. Your anesthesiologist will evaluate you before surgery and answer any questions. Talk to your anesthesiologist about any prior anesthesia problems or concerns and discuss any medications you are currently taking, including over the counter drugs and herbs.
If there are any legal documents regarding guardianship, Emancipation, or Power of Attorney, please bring them with you. We require a copy of all legal documents to be in the patient’s chart prior to the start of surgery.
Please note that our facility does NOT honor Living Wills/DNR orders. However, if you have one, we will place a copy in your record, and should a hospital transfer become necessary, a copy will be transferred with you.
You must shower with Hibiclens the night before and also the morning of your surgery. Please do not shave or remove hair from the surgical site yourself–we will do that with special surgical clippers as needed.
The Day of Surgery
Please plan on arriving promptly at your scheduled time. Bring your parking stub into the center. We will validate it for you. After you have registered at the reception desk, you will be escorted to a private changing area where you will be asked to change into a special gown, slippers, and cap. Your clothing and other belongings will be secured in a locker.
Next, you will be brought to our pre-operative holding area where our nurses will begin preparations for surgery, provide education and care instructions and discuss any questions. Female patients of child bearing age may require a urine pregnancy test, including patients currently on birth control and with a history of tubal ligation. An intravenous line will be started. Your surgeon will speak with you and confirm the operative site with you.
Next you will meet your anesthesiologist, who will discuss your history and plan of care. The nurse, who will be in the operating room with you, will also speak with you at this time. This is a good time to ask any last minute questions or discuss concerns you may have. Once you are ready for entrance to the operating room, you may be given some intravenous sedation to relax you.
You are the most important person in the operating room. Your comfort and safety are our top priorities. You will be closely monitored throughout the procedure in the operating room.
When you arrive in the operating room the temperature may feel cool. Warm blankets and a specialized warmer will be used during the procedure to keep you at an optimal temperature.
Immediately following surgery, you will be taken to the Post Anesthesia Recovery Unit where you will be closely monitored by our specially trained nurses. The length of stay in recovery depends on the type of surgery and anesthesia you received. Discharge from recovery is at the discretion of the surgeon and the anesthesiologist.
Your physician may request that you stay with us for additional observation and pain management. DISC has four private rooms for extended or overnight stay.
Our specially trained nursing staff will provide you with post-operative care and your physician and anesthesiologist will also be available to assist in your post-operative care.
If you are anticipating an overnight stay please bring personal hygiene items.
You will be provided with drinks, snacks, and your choice of meals from local restaurants.
Visitors may stay with the patient until 8:30pm.
Before leaving, you will receive verbal as well as written discharge instructions with information regarding diet, medications, bathing, activity limitations, and other instructions specific to your procedure. Please follow these instructions carefully. A nurse will answer any additional questions.
If you did not receive post-op medication prescriptions before surgery, you will receive them during discharge. Please note that we do not fill prescriptions at the surgery center, however there is a CVS pharmacy directly across the street. If you require special assistance filling your prescription before your procedure, please call your surgeon prior to your surgery date.
You must have a responsible adult drive you home and stay with you on the day of surgery.
Designed by physicians, the operating rooms at DISC feature the most advanced imaging, patient monitoring, and surgical equipment available. Exceeding hospital standards for cleanliness and infection control, the DISC surgery center provides patients with a highly efficient and safe level of care.
Key Points to Remember
- Bring: your insurance card, photo ID, any co-pay or deductible due, forms for your doctor, X-rays, MRI’s and reports.
- Bring a list of any new medications with dosages including vitamins, herbs, and other non- prescription medications that are new and not on the Medicine Reconciliation Form.
- Leave valuables, including jewelry and watches at home.
- Do not wear contact lenses. If you wear glasses, please bring them with you.
- If you wear hearing aids, please leave them in. Dentures and hearing aids may be worn but will be removed prior to surgery.
- Take medication that you have been instructed to by the nurse who called you prior to surgery. Take these medications with only a small SIP of water.
- Shower or bathe the morning of surgery and the night before with Hibiclens as instructed.
- The morning of surgery do not apply powders, lotions, creams, or oils.
- Wear loose comfortable clothing that can easily be changed into. Button down shirts are recommended.
- If you use a rescue inhaler, please bring it on the day of surgery. Many times the anesthesiologist will have you use it just before surgery.
Follow any specific post-operative instructions your doctor has given you regarding activity, rest, exercise, diet, and medications. We suggest that you eat light for the first 24 hours after your surgery. A staff member will call you the day after surgery to follow your progress and assist with any questions you may have. You may resume your regular medication schedule unless otherwise instructed by your physician. If you have undergone any form of sedation you will be required to have adult supervision for 23 hours following discharge.
Dizziness and nausea are normal after receiving anesthesia, therefore you should wait at least 24 hours after arriving home before:
- Driving or operating equipment
- Signing binding documents
- Making significant decisions
- Drinking alcoholic beverages
- Taking any medication not prescribed or authorized by your surgeon
When to Notify your Doctor
Post-operative complications are exceedingly rare, however, if you develop a fever greater than 101.0, excessive bleeding, extreme pain not relieved by pain medication, or persistent nausea and vomiting, please contact your doctor immediately.
If you have any questions or concerns once you are home, call your doctor. In case of an emergency, dial 911.