Riverside Peninsula Surgery Center

Riverside Peninsula Surgery Center

Riverside Peninsula Surgery Center is an ambulatory surgery center located on the campus of Riverside Regional Medical Center. Our facility is a department of the medical center. We are held to the same high standards required of hospitals.

Our Center features four operating suites in a design that promotes comfort, convenience and efficiency. Our surgeons perform endoscopic and minimally-invasive surgical procedures, resulting in quicker recovery times for our patients. All of our procedures are performed on an outpatient basis (no overnight stay).

The surgeons and staff at Riverside Peninsula Surgery Center use the latest technology, including electronic medical records and electronic patient monitoring, throughout the facility. The Center serves the specialties of general surgery, gynecology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, pain management and plastic surgery.

Join our staff

Riverside Peninsula Surgery Center is an exciting and rewarding place to work. Picture yourself as part of an experienced surgical team, alongside respected surgeons, in an efficiently-run facility that features the latest technology. We offer attractive work schedule options and a Monday-Friday workweek, keeping your weekends open for family, friends and fun.

Our employees enjoy competitive pay, innovative benefits and the opportunity to learn new skills or advance to other opportunities. Positions we employ include registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, certified surgical technicians, sterile processing technicians, administrative and business office personnel and others.

Guide for patients

We are honored that you have put your trust in us. We welcome you and will do our best to provide a warm, relaxing atmosphere. Our focus will be on the things we know are most important to our patients, their families and loved ones:

  • Keep me safe
  • Help heal me
  • Be kind to me
  • Respect my wishes

Riverside Peninsula Surgery Center is a department of Riverside Regional Medical Center. This means that we are held to strict standards of quality and safety like those set for hospitals. If you have any questions or concerns during your visit, please speak to a member of our team.

Please read these instructions carefully as you prepare for your visit. It is important that you follow each step.

You will receive a call the day before your surgery to give you an arrival time. The time that you are requested to arrive is prior to when your procedure is scheduled. This time is needed to allow us to prepare you for your procedure so it is important that you arrive on time. If you think you will be late, please call us at 757-594-1717. If you need to cancel or have questions, you must call your doctor's office.

We have a carefully planned operating room schedule but sometimes we have delays that we don't expect. We will try to avoid any inconveniences to you and your family. We will keep you informed as changes occur.

We recommend that you not schedule any other appointments the day of your surgery.

If you have young children, you should make plans for their care on your surgery day, such as having someone pick them up from school.

Discuss your medications with your doctor or surgery scheduler. You may need to stop taking some medications, such as aspirin, ibuprofen or blood thinners. You also need to tell your doctor about any vitamins and herbal supplements you take. Some preparations can interfere with bleeding or healing.Diabetic patients should ask their doctor for instructions before the day of surgery.

Image of medicardPlease bring a detailed list of your medications with you on the day of surgery and whenever you seek health care or services. This list should include the name of the medicine, the dose and frequency (or how often you take it).

Riverside offers a free wallet-sized List
for Life/MediCard
that you can keep and use to list your medications and other important information. To request a free List for Life/MediCard call Riverside Nurse at 757-595-6363 or 1-800-675-6368.

Call your physician immediately if you notice a change in your health between the time you see your surgeon and the day of your procedure, to include skin changes such as rashes, scratches, bruises and sores.

Your doctor may order testing before your surgery. This may include X-rays, EKG or blood tests.

Please have your testing done a week prior to surgery but no later than three days before surgery to allow your doctor to review the results.

Riverside offers testing at many locations. These include hospitals and diagnostic centers. Most services are available on a walk-in basis. You can also make an appointment by calling Central Scheduling at 757-989-8830, option 2.

DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING AFTER MIDNIGHT ON THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR SURGERY. This includes chewing gum, eating candy and swallowing water when you brush your teeth.

If you are taking medications regularly for heart and lung conditions (such as angina, chest pain, high blood pressure or asthma) or for seizures (such as epilepsy control), we recommend that you continue to take the medications on your usual schedule including your day of surgery. You can take your medications with a small sip of water. If your physician gives you different instructions, please follow those instructions.

Diabetic patients should ask their provider for instructions.

Do not consume alcoholic beverages 24 hours before and after surgery. Avoid smoking at least 12 hours before or after your procedure.

If you have not received a phone call from the Riverside Peninsula Surgery Center team by 3 p.m. the day prior to surgery, please call 757-594-1717.

You must have a responsible adult with you on the day of surgery, to remain at Riverside and drive you home after your surgery. We will not allow you to leave Riverside alone. For your own safety, do not drive for 24 hours following surgery if you receive general anesthesia or sedation.


Medical Papers
Remember to bring any papers your physician or the admissions clerk has asked you to bring. Please bring power of attorney paperwork if applicable.

Advance Directives
If you have them, please bring a copy for our records.

Bring a detailed list of the medications you are currently taking including:

  • The name of the medicine
  • The dose
  • How often you take it
  • The last time you took it
Medical Equipment
  • Bring any inhalers you are currently using.
  • If you are on CPAP, please bring your equipment with you.
  • Bring any custom-fitted appliances or orthopedic appliances that you will use after surgery. These include collars, lumbar corsets, slings, walking boots, postoperative shoes, etc.

Wear comfortable, casual clothing. Low-heeled shoes and jogging suits are ideal.

Other than your copay (if applicable), please DO NOT BRING VALUABLES (money, credit cards, checkbook) with you. Our facility cannot accept responsibility for their possible loss.

Please do not bring jewelry with you on the day of surgery. Remove all jewelry including wedding rings and body piercings.

Glasses, Contact Lenses, Hearing Aids
Please remove your contact lenses, glasses and hearing aids before surgery and give these items to the person who comes to the center with you. Please remember to bring storage cases for glasses or contact lenses.

Makeup/Fingernail Polish
Remove all makeup and fingernail polish. These can interfere with our monitoring equipment.

Wigs/ Hair Extensions
Wigs may not be worn into surgery.

If your child is under 18, a parent or legal guardian must accompany the child to our facility to sign surgery consent forms. Please be prepared to stay in the facility until your child is discharged.

If your child has a favorite toy, blanket, cup or sippy cup, let him/her bring it.

If your child drinks from a bottle, please bring one bottle of formula and an empty bottle for juice to drink after he/she comes back from the Postanesthesia Care Unit ("recovery room"). Nursing mothers may nurse as usual.

Please remember to bring extra diapers.

After returning from surgery, you will remain in our center for about one hour or until seen by your doctor and discharged. We will offer you beverages and crackers when you are awake and able to tolerate them.

We will not permit you to drive yourself home after receiving anesthesia, as it is not safe for you or others. Please be sure to make arrangements with an adult 18 years or older to transport you home.

For your safety you should also make arrangements for someone to be home with you for the first 24 hours after surgery.

You cannot drive or drink alcoholic beverages for 24 hours after discharge. At the time of discharge, you might still feel drowsy.

Before You Leave

Please be certain you understand your physician's instructions. Your nurse will review physician discharge instructions to include medications, diet and rest requirements. You will also receive a written copy of these instructions.

At Home

If you experience difficulties or complications once you return home, please contact your surgeon. If you cannot reach your surgeon at his/her office or have any questions, call the Riverside operator at 757-594-2000 and ask them to page your surgeon. Riverside Nurse is also available to answer your questions at 757-595-6363 or 1-800-675-6368.

After a few days, you may receive a questionnaire from our customer service partner. Please take a few minutes to complete it. This is an important part of your after care which helps us help you.

  • Central Scheduling, 757-989-8830, option 2
    Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Riverside Peninsula Surgery Center
    A Department of Riverside Regional Medical Center
    Main number: 757-594-1717
    Monday - Friday: 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Billing questions, 757-989-8830, option 3 or toll-free 1-800-675-6368
    Email: [email protected]

A department of Riverside Regional Medical Center

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