Las Ventanas Surgery Center was established in 2003 by local physicians to offer patients the benefit of having outpatient procedures in the heart of the California Central Coast. Our staff wants to make your upcoming visit as comfortable and pleasant as possible. We provide excellent quality care in a warm and personalized setting, minimizing the stresses typically associated with the traditional hospital atmosphere.
Las Ventanas Surgery Center
15 Ryan Ct.
Monterey, CA. 93940

Payment and Insurance Info

Las Ventanas Surgery Center can offer significant cost savings over hospitlization for your surgery and is recognized most insurance plans including Blue Cross, Blue Shield, First Health Network, Worker's Compensation and other PPO's.

Patients without insurance will be required to pay for their care on the day of surgery. If you have a co-payment or deductible, it will be due on the day of your surgery as you check in.

We gladly accept payments in Cash, Visa and Mastercard.

Please contact us for more information, regarding payment for services. 


Physicians at Las Ventanas Surgery Center

Las Ventanas Surgery Center is a privately-owned and operated surgery center.  The following physicians perform medical services at Las Ventanas Surgery Center:

Thomas Zewert, MD
John Anthony Shaheen, MD
Kenneth Ishizue, MD
Donald Pompan, MD
James Roefs, MD



Five Days Prior to Surgery/Procedure:

Stop taking aspirin or blood thinning medications 5 days prior to your surgery unless told otherwise by your surgeon.

Please contact your doctor immediately if you get a cold, cough, fever, stomach flu or asthma attack any time in the week before your surgery. Do not wait until the day of the procedure.

Please make arrangements to have a responsible adult drive you home after your surgery or procedure and stay with you that night.  You may not drive home after receiving sedation of any kind.

One Day Prior to Surgery/Procedure:

Do not smoke, drink alcohol or chew tobacco for at least 12 hours before your procedure.

Before your procedure you should discuss all of your medications with the anesthesiologist and nurse.  This includes prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, street drugs and herbs.

Fill any prescriptions your doctor may have given you during your pre-surgery visit.  When you are discharged from Las Ventanas Surgery Center it is best to go home to rest.  You may need to start on your pain medication immediately to insure your comfort and rest.

If you experience any health changes or suspect that your are pregnant between your recent visit to your doctor and the day of your procedure, notify your doctor.  Please report even minor changes such as an elevated temperature, cough or cold.

Please arrange for an interpreter to accompany you if you do not speak English.  This person should remain until you are discharged.

The Night Before Surgery/Procedure

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.  Your stomach needs to be empty for surgery.  Procedures without sedation will have different specifications.  Please contact us for more information.

The Morning of Surgery/Procedure

Keep your stomach empty!  This is very important. Don't chew mints or gum.  You may brush your teeth or use mouthwash, as long as you do not swallow.

If you regularly take heart or blood pressure medications you may be told to take them the morning of surgery.  Be sure you take them with only a small sip of water.

Dress casually in loose-fitting clothes, something you'll be comfortable in for the ride home.

Do not bring valuables with you.  Leave all jewelry at home and arrange to leave your wallet or purse with your waiting friend or family member.

If you are having surgery on your foot or hand, please do not have nail polish.

If you are having any type of facial/eye surgery, please do not wear any makeup.

Please bring insurance cards with you.  We will make copies of your insurance documents and return them to you.

Please arrive at our surgery center one hour prior to your scheduled surgery or procedure. This time is very important to prepare you for your surgery or procedure. On occasion, there may be cancellation(s) and we may need to call you to come in earlier than originally scheduled.

Upon Arrival at Las Ventanas Surgery Center - What to Expect

Please be sure to check in at the registration desk.

Be prepared to sign medical and consent forms for your surgery/procedure.

After your registration, you will be greeted by the nurse who will help prepare you for your surgery/procedure.

Please feel free to ask questions or share your concerns with our medical staff.  We want this experience to be as comfortable as possible for you.

Prior to surgery, the operating room nurse will confirm information and answer any additional questions.

You will be transferred to the operating room where a complete team of experienced medical professionals will be caring for you.

Your family and friends should wait in our reception area.  They will be informed when your surgery is complete and you are taken to our recovery area.

After recovery and prior to discharge, you will be given instructions for at-home care.

At Home

You will have written instructions to follow while at home recovering.  This information will be explained to you in detail before you are discharged.

A member of our nursing staff will follow-up with you after your surgery/procedure.  Again, our goal is to ensure you are well on your way to recovery.  You can also ask questions to our nursing staff. 

For more information, please feel free to contact us at 831.775.0265.


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