Enloe Endoscopy Clinic

888 Lakeside Village Commons
Chico, CA 95928

Enloe Medical Center’s Perianesthesia Services

1531 Esplanade
Chico, CA 95926

Enloe Outpatient Surgery

888 Lakeside Village Commons, Bldg B
Chico, CA 95973

Enloe Surgical and Procedural Assessment Area (ESPAA)

Fountain Medical Plaza 251 Cohasset Road
Chico, CA 95973

Tips for Before and After Surgery

Knowing what to expect before your surgery, on the day of your procedure, after surgery and once you go home can help you feel at ease – and improve your overall experience.

Before Surgery

A nurse will contact you the day before your surgery to discuss what you can and can't eat before your surgery, as well when you should arrive for your procedure, unless you have been working with ESPPA and get that information from the team.

If you don’t get a call with this information by the afternoon before your surgery, call the location where you are scheduled to have your procedure:

  • Enloe Medical Center on Esplanade: (530) 332-5545
  • Enloe Same Day Surgery at the Enloe Outpatient Center: (530) 332-6882

If your child is the one having, call the numbers above to request a tour of our facilities. If you’re the one having surgery, doing the following can bring you peace of mind and make things easier on you:

  • Ensure you have someone to watch them during your procedure if you have kids.
  • Arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery. It’s OK to take a taxi if a responsible adult is with you.
  • Ask a loved one to help you fill your prescriptions once you’re discharge from the hospital.
  • If you go home the same day of your and an anesthesiologist will be involved with your care, have a responsible adult stay with you overnight. This is required for safety reasons. And be sure to stock your kitchen with clear liquids, such as Jell-O, tea, broth, Popsicles and full liquids, such as milk products, ice cream and soup.
  • Finally, if you develop a cold, sore throat, fever, rash or other symptoms of illness before your surgery, notify your surgeon ASAP.

Having a local anesthetic? Contact your surgeon with any questions you may have.

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On the Day of Your Surgery

For a good surgical experience, it’s important to follow the instructions you were given about diet and arrival time. Showering with an antibacterial soap on the evening before or morning of your surgery is recommended.

And be sure to do the following on the day of your surgery:

  • Do not smoke or chew tobacco.
  • Not wear mascara or other eye makeup. It can irritate your eyes.
  • Remove nail polish if you’re having surgery on your hands or feet.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing that is easy to put on after surgery.

Finally, if the person having surgery is a minor, he or she must be accompanied by a parent, who must stay in the building until the child is discharged home or admitted to the medical center.

If you’re wondering what to bring with you and what to keep at home during your procedure, follow these guidelines:

  • Leave all valuables at home, including rings, watches, earrings and necklaces.
  • Bring your inhalers and eye drops, but leave all other medications at home.
  • If you have not had contact with ESPAA, bring a list of your medications, vitamins, supplements and herbal products, with dosages and scheduled times.
  • If you’re staying overnight, bring your advance directive/power of attorney for health care, eyeglass or contact lens case, robe, slippers, hearing aide, toiletries, and reading or writing materials if desired.
  • If you are scheduled at Enloe Same Day Surgery, bring your prescription insurance card and co-payment.

What to Expect When You Arrive for Surgery

  • You will meet with a patient service representative.
  • You will be escorted to the preoperative area, where a nurse will prepare you for surgery.
  • The anesthesiologist will speak with you and your family.
  • During your surgery, your family can wait for you in the lobby. The surgeon will speak with
    them after surgery.
  • You will be reunited with your family after surgery, once you have recovered from anesthesia.
  • If you are an inpatient, staying at Enloe Medical Center, your family will be informed of your room number and the time that they may visit you.

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Going Home

If you are staying overnight at Enloe, please note the following:

  • Before discharge to home, a nurse will review your medication plan with you and provide you and your family with written and verbal instructions on how to care for you at home.
  • Our goal is to discharge you by 11 a.m., although the amount of time it takes to be discharged can vary depending on the complexity of your physician’s discharge orders

Enloe Medical Center is prepared to provide care for you after your hospital stay. Physicians may prescribe nursing services, social work counseling, rehabilitation or home health services upon discharge. A discharge planner will help coordinate any care and resources you may require after your stay.

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Tips for After Your Surgery

  • If you are having outpatient surgery with anesthesia, we advise that you advance your diet slowly. Start with clear liquids, such as Jell-O, tea and broth, and then advance as tolerated to full liquids, such as milk products, ice cream and soup. Then, if tolerated, advance to regular food, unless otherwise instructed upon discharge. Parents, don’t forget the popsicles!
  • Refrain from making important decisions or signing important papers for the first 24 hours after surgery.
  • A nurse will call you one to two days after surgery to check in on your progress and answer any questions.


Enloe Same Day Surgery at the Enloe Outpatient Center has designated patient parking.

Enloe Medical Center on the Esplanade offers  parking lots, a parking structure and free valet parking. Valet service is available on weekdays (excluding holidays) from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. To use valet parking, simply drive up to the main entrance and an attendant will assist you.

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Enloe offers educational information to patients scheduled for surgery at the hospital. A Joint Effort, a free patient education program to help patients prepare for joint replacement surgery. Call (530) 332-7446 for more information. Bariatric Pre-Surgical Education, a class to help prepare for gastric bypass surgery. Call (530) 891-1651 for more information.

Financial Information

EEnloe has a financial counselor available to assist you with financial questions related to your surgery. Enloe Medical Center's charges do not include the professional fees of the surgeon, assistant surgeon, anesthesiologist, pathologist or radiologist. To contact a financial counselor, call (530) 332-6371.

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    Drs. Voelker and Lobosky honored with 2014 Physician Legacy Award

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    Drs. Voelker and Lobosky honored with 2014 Physician Legacy Award

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