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Dr. Jervis Yau is proud to be an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at the Ryu Hurvitz Orthopedic Clinic located Santa Barbara, California. Dr. Yau has privileges at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Goleta Valley Hospital, Summit Surgery Center and Premier Surgery Center, enabling him to provide an efficient, first class experience for all patients. All hospitals and surgery centers offer the most advanced and innovative computer systems, medical equipment and surgical instruments available in the orthopedic industry today.

If Dr. Yau determines an orthopedic surgical procedure will be the next step towards treating your condition or injury, surgery can be scheduled by calling our office during business hours at (805) 963-2729. Our business hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00AM-5:00PM.

Dr. Yau provides each patient undergoing orthopedic surgery a distinct set of guidelines for pre-operative, post-operative and rehabilitation recovery. All guidelines will be discussed and provided to you in detail upon your pre-surgery visit.

Pre-Operative Guidelines

  • Do not consume food or liquids after midnight on the evening prior to your surgery date due to complications associated with anesthesia. This includes mints and chewing gum. Additionally, we recommend you do not smoke, chew tobacco or consume alcohol for at least 24 hours prior to surgery.
  • Stop taking all herbal remedies, aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications (Advil, Aleve, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Naproxen, etc.) seven days prior to surgery, unless otherwise instructed by Dr. Yau. However, it is acceptable to take Tylenol (acetaminophen) if medication is needed for pain. Please contact our office for detailed instructions on other medications you may be taking for blood pressure, heart conditions, acid reflux and/or seizures.
  • Have someone available to take you home following surgery. You will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours following the procedure.
  • Do not drink or eat anything in the car on the trip home. The combination of anesthesia, food and car motion may cause nausea and/or vomiting. After arriving home, wait until you are hungry before attempting to eat. Begin with a light meal and try to avoid greasy food for the first 24 hours.
  • If you had surgery on an extremity, keep the extremity elevated and use ice and pain medications as directed by Dr. Yau.

What to Bring to Surgery:

  • Athletic shoes
  • Shorts
  • Loose, comfortable clothes (they may become stained, so make sure they are not your favorites)

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