Who is eligible for surgery?
Healthy individuals between the ages of 3 to 90 years old who have a stable medical condition and have not required hospital or emergency room treatment in the past 3 months are eligible for surgery or treatment at our facility.
If you have a medical history of any of the following conditions, you will need to consult with one of our Physicians in order to proceed with your required treatment:
- Renal Failure
- Sleep Apnea
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Heart condition* (see below)
* People with documented heart attacks would have to be at least 6 months from the time of the last heart attack. If there is any doubt, contact your surgeon.
What is an ambulatory surgery centre?
Kamloops Surgical Centre is an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC). ASCs deal with patients who can be sent home several hours after their surgery, and occasionally with patients who require an overnight stay. An ASC is prohibited from keeping patients for more than one night.
Why do some patients stay overnight?
Overnight stays at Kamloops Surgical Centre are arranged in advance to care for patients who require more nursing care or who don’t have a responsible adult to look after them the first night.
Does an overnight stay cost extra?
Yes, it does. Please inquire beforehand for details.
Who makes sure Kamloops Surgical Centre is up to standard?
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. is the organization that licenses all physicians in the province. It has a branch that inspects and licenses private medical and surgery centres. Standards for patient care and safety at Kamloops Surgical Centre meet or exceed those in the public hospitals.
Does Kamloops Surgical Centre perform all types of surgeries?
No, we don’t. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C., our licensing body, clearly states which surgeries are permitted, and prohibits patients who have significant chronic illness from receiving surgery. The goal is minimize patient risk at all times. Two factors that influence how risk is assessed are:
- The health of the patient: Some medical conditions may cause problems during or after the surgery.
- The type of surgery: Some procedures stress the body more, and can have a higher rate of complications.
For more information, visit our Surgical Procedures page.
How can I find out if I’m eligible for surgery at Kamloops Surgical Centre?
Your surgeon and family doctor will initially determine if the clinic is the right place for your surgery. Once you are booked, your medical information is reviewed by the Kamloops Surgical Centre staff. More tests or information may be required. Once the necessary information has been gathered, the decision will be made as to whether your surgery can be performed safely at the Centre and you will be notified.
What kind of anesthetic will I have?
The type of anaesthesia administered will depend on the type of surgery that you are undergoing. It will vary from a general anesthetic to regional or local anesthetic.
In a regional anesthetic, only that part of your body that the surgeon is operating on is frozen. In a local anesthetic the surgeon injects the local anesthetic into the very localized area on which they are operating. The anesthetist can give you medications through an intravenous line that will make you drowsy and not remember being in the Operating Room.
Often the Anesthetist can inject local anesthetic during the procedure that will keep you comfortable for many hours after the surgery. In consultation with your Surgeon and/or Anesthetist you can decide on the type of anesthetic that will be administered to you.
Regardless of the type of anesthetic given, oxygen saturation, blood pressure and EKG are routinely monitored.
Is my surgery tax deductible?
Please consult with your accountant to see if your receipts are eligible for your tax return.
How much will my surgery cost?
Unless you have had a consultation with the surgeon and his or her office has sent us a booking, we are unable to provide an estimate. The amount for a surgery is based on the procedure itself, equipment needed, whether an overnight stay is required, whether an assistant is required, the length of time needed and several other considerations. Unless we have received a booking we cannot provide an estimate.
What options are available for Financing?
For information on how to finance your Surgery or treatment please go to our section on coverage & financing.
How do I book a consultation?
You can book a consultation online or contact our Centre and one of our professional staff will be happy to assist you.Please call 250-314-0076 or fill out our Consultation Form.
How long do I have to wait between date of consult and date of Surgery?
Our helpful staff will schedule your Surgery to suit your needs, taking into account the Surgeon’s availability.
How do I obtain further information about the medical procedure I am considering?
Discuss this with your Surgeon or General Practitioner. You may find the information you are looking for within this website or obtain literature from your Surgeon’s office.
Do I have any choice in which Surgeon performs my procedure?
Yes you do. Provided your requested Surgeon has been granted privileges at the Centre and is registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, he or she will be able to perform the required procedure.
How long have the surgeons been in practice?
This varies from Surgeon to Surgeon. To learn more about our team of Surgeons and Practitioners please visit our section on our surgeons.
What kind of tests do I need to have done prior to my surgery?
This depends on the type of procedure and any pre-existing medical condition, your Surgeon or General Practitioner will advise you.
What dietary and smoking restrictions will I need to follow before surgery?
This may vary depending on the nature of the procedure. You will be given a list of pre-operative instructions to follow once your surgery or procedure has been scheduled.
What dietary and smoking restrictions will I need to follow after surgery?
As with your pre-operative restrictions, you will be given a list of post-operative instructions prior to Surgery.
For day surgery, can I go home on my own?
No. An responsible adult is required to escort you home.
Where do your out-of-town patients recover?
There are many Hotels in our area where out-of-town patients and their families can stay. Visit our hotels and travel section for more information.
What days and times are you open?
The Centre is open Monday to Saturday from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm except for Statutory Holidays.
Where do I go for my post-op check-up?
Your post-op check-up will take place at your Surgeons office and sometimes at Royal Inland Hospital. Check with the Kamloops Surgical Centre to verify.
How long after surgery is my first check-up?
Your Surgeon will advise you of your first check-up.
If I have a medical emergency following surgery whom do I contact?
Prior to release from the Centre, a list of instructions from your Surgeon will be provided to you as will all necessary details regarding medical emergencies.