Surgical Services in Portland

Inpatient and outpatient surgeries performed with precision

When you need surgery, you want to know you'll have a safe and effective experience. That's where our compassionate team of board-certified surgeons, nurses, techs and support staff come in.

Adventist Health Portland’s skilled surgical teams have earned recognition for their outstanding quality outcomes. Our operating rooms are equipped with advanced diagnostic and surgical technology, designed with high-level patient care and safety in mind.

Our evidence-based approaches, including robotic and other minimally invasive options when appropriate, offer outstanding outcomes for our patients.

There are three main types of surgical options:

  • Optional or elective surgery: A procedure that is not medically necessary to continue a good quality of life.
  • Required surgery: A required surgery is one that must be done to ensure quality of life in the future, though not always an emergency and can often be scheduled in advance.
  • Urgent or emergency surgery: Surgery is done in reaction to an emergency or urgent medical condition.

Outpatient vs. inpatient surgery

Home is often the best place to heal. Advanced surgical technology and anesthesia have made it possible for many patients to have surgery and go home the same day. When appropriate, outpatient surgery has proven to reduce stress for the patient, speed the process of healing and reduce costs.

More intensive surgeries may require an overnight (or longer) stay in the hospital. This allows our staff to more closely monitor your recovery and ensures immediate attention in case of complications.

Presurgery orientation

Your treatment actually begins before your surgery. When your surgeon's office schedules your surgery, you'll likely receive a packet of instructions. It includes how to arrange a presurgery orientation appointment and a medical/anesthesia history form to fill out. Depending on your specific surgery and condition, the PSO visit about 15 to 60 minutes. Some patients have their appointment by phone, while others come to an in-person visit.

During the visit, the PSO nurse gathers information — including medical history, pain assessment and dietary survey — and gives you information like handouts and videos about your upcoming surgery or procedure.

Your PSO appointment also:

  • Expedites your admission process by having all appropriate paperwork and testing completed.
  • Helps arrange necessary referrals to other departments.
  • Reduces anxiety and fear by answering questions and explaining what to expect.


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