Perioperative Care

UCSF provides neonatal and pediatric surgical services at its Mission Bay campus and surgical services for adults at all three campuses: Mission Bay, Mount Zion, and Parnassus. 

Pediatric/Neonate surgical services at Mission Bay include: cardiac, thoracic, vascular, orthopaedic, spine, otolaryngology head and neck surgery (OHNS), oralmaxilla, plastic, general, gynecological, genitourinary, neurological, kidney and liver transplant, and fetal surgery. Mission Bay adult surgical services specialize in oncology and include:  orthopaedic, OHNS, oralmaxilla, plastic, general surgery, gynecology, and genitourinary.

The Mount Zion campus serves adults (18 years or older) receiving outpatient procedures. Surgical services performed at Mount Zion include: OHNS, endocrine, plastics, breast, colorectal, radiation oncology, neurosurgery, and gynecological.

The Parnassus campus provides adult surgical services including: cardiac, thoracic, vascular, OHNS, oralmaxilla, opthalmologic, plastic, orthopaedic, neurological, general surgery, genitourinary, and transplantation of hearts, lungs, kidneys, and livers.

The Orthopaedic Institute Perioperative program is home to the continuum of out-patient musculoskeletal surgery.  The Orthopaedic Institute surgery program encompasses Prepare, Preoperative, Operating Room (OR), Procedure Rooms, Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) and Sterile Processing Department (SPD).  Out-patient surgical procedures include sports medicine, hand and upper extremity, foot and ankle, spine, pain injections and cold trauma.

UCSF surgical nurses are trained specialists in the procedures in which they assist. They have gone through advanced training in their surgical specialties, so they are equipped to provide the best possible patient care. Many of these nurses have specialty certifications and advanced competencies to care for complex patient such as those under-going complex cardiac and transplant procedures.

All UCSF perianesthesia (preoperative and postanesthesia care areas) nurses are Critical Care Nurses who specialize in pain management and the care of surgical patients recovering from the effects of anesthetic drugs. They are all Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certified and, if they care for children, are also Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certified. Many of these nurses have additional specialty certifications.

Surgical and Perianesthesia nurses participate in a variety of councils to improve patient care, further nursing practice and research, the professional development of their staff, as well as support the diverse needs of our patient populations and their families.