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Surgical Services

As one of the first hospitals in the United States to open a fully computerized operating room, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare continues to expand and revolutionize inpatient and outpatient surgical care. ValleyCare offers a full range of surgical services at both the Pleasanton and Livermore medical campuses that includes advanced minimally invasive surgeries. Among the many procedures performed by our general and specialty surgeons are gastroenterological, gynecological, vascular, urological, cardiac, bariatric and orthopedic surgeries.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Our highly skilled surgeons are on the technological forefront in minimally invasive surgery by pioneering new and advanced techniques in videoscopic procedures. This type of surgery uses miniature scopes and instruments that are inserted through a few tiny incisions. Surgeons view the procedure on a monitor that receives images from a small camera or scope inserted into the body. The refined optics of the scopes provides surgeons with minutely detailed images of the anatomy. Depending upon the type of surgery, minimally invasive techniques can be used for both inpatient and outpatient surgery and often produce better outcomes for patients.

Outpatient Surgery

Many surgical procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, which means your stay is less than 23 hours. ValleyCare offers outpatient surgery at both the Pleasanton and Livermore medical campuses. Our outpatient surgery facilities are equipped with the latest surgical instruments and equipment and staffed by registered nurses with specialized operating room certification. Our highly skilled surgeons perform both outpatient and inpatient surgery.


Anesthesia means "without feeling" and can be local, regional or general. Each type of anesthesia serves a specific purpose and demands special training and skill.

ValleyCare's anesthesiologists are physician specialists who have the critical responsibility for your welfare before, during and after surgery. This care includes medically evaluating you before surgery, consulting with the surgical team, providing pain control and support-of-life functions during surgery, supervising your care after surgery and medically discharging you from the recovery unit. All of our anesthesiologists are active members of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and are either certified or in the process of obtaining certification through the American Board of Anesthesiology.

Local Anesthesia

An anesthetic drug is injected into the tissue around a nerve, numbing the specific area requiring minor surgery. You may be fully awake or sedated. This is a very safe procedure.

Regional Anesthesia

Your anesthesiologist makes an injection near a cluster of nerves to numb the area that requires surgery. You may remain awake, or you may be given a sedative and lose consciousness. Two of the most frequently used types are spinal anesthesia and epidural anesthesia. They are generally recommended for childbirth, thoracic (chest) and abdominal surgery.

General Anesthesia

You will become unconscious or "go to sleep" and have no awareness or any other sensation. During surgery, you are carefully monitored and treated by your anesthesiologist using state-of-the-art equipment to track your major bodily functions. A breathing tube may be inserted during surgery. The length and level of anesthesia is calculated and adjusted precisely. At the conclusion of surgery, your anesthesiologist will allow you to emerge from anesthesia and then accompany you to the recovery unit.