Benefits of Going to a Surgery Center Rather Than a Hospital


Surgery is difficult, however, choosing the proper facility shouldn’t be.  The benefits of having your surgery done at a surgery center are far greater than that of a hospital.

A surgery center is specifically designed for one thing – surgery.  From the design of the building, to the comfort of the chairs in the waiting room, all things are considered in order to make the patient’s experience as comfortable, efficient and enjoyable as possible.

At La Peer Health Systems scheduling is more efficient. Surgeons have more time in their schedule for surgeries and don’t have to worry about their surgery being pushed because of an emergency that might take place at a hospital.  Surgeon’s are able to schedule surgeries at the time allotment of their choice, and do not have to worry about being rushed to make room for another surgery scheduled back-to-back.

Additionally, our surgeons work with their La Peer surgical team daily. They know one another well and are therefore able to perform more efficiently.

Dr. Robert Sacks, MD of LaPeer Surgery Center, reinforces the importance of having an experienced team:

“As a surgeon, I wanted to work at a place where we had the same staff, the same nurses, the same technicians, the same anesthesiologist.  So it will be one less thing that I had to think about. So when I come here, I don’t have to worry about who’s going to be in my room that day.  I can focus on one thing – the patient.”

With the focus only on the patient, surgeons are able to perform more efficiently,significantly decreasing the amount of time needed for surgery. Thisresults in less anesthesia and fewer operating expenses. Many insurance companies have noticed the decrease surgical cost and have partnered with Surgical Centers around the country.

Top surgeons have also noticed the many benefits a surgery center has to offer.  This is one more reason La Peer is more desirable than a hospital – patients have top surgeons performing their surgery.

If you would like to know more about the benefits of La Peer call us at (855) 360-9119.

Why Can’t I Eat Before Receiving Anesthesia?

Many of La Peer’s patients wonder why they can’t eat or drink anything hours before receiving anesthesia and going into surgery. The reason your doctor tells you not to eat or drink anything before surgery is to prevent aspiration.

Aspiration occurs when food or stomach acids enter the lungs while you under anesthesia, which can be fatal in some cases.

When under anesthesia your involuntary reflexes to cough or gag are inhibited.  All of your muscles are so relaxed that you do not have control over them.  If you have food or fluids in your stomach you could potentially regurgitate the contents into your airway and it will consequently enter your lungs.  This can lead to a blockage in your airway, a severe cough, or cause a lung infection.

To decrease your risk of aspiration it is important that you follow your doctor’s pre-surgery guidelines about eating and drinking.

The Department of Anesthesiology at La Peer is solely focused on your health, preparation for surgery, and a successful surgery.

To learn more about the anesthesia please call La Peer Health Systems at (855) 360-9119 or send an e-mail to

Chronic Pain Management Relief Specialists, Post Surgery Pain Expert, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

Department of Pain Management

Chronic pain is an unfortunate fact of life for many people. However, with proper medical supervision and work with your pain management doctor, it is manageable. The Department of Pain Management at La Peer Health Systems has pain specialists, nurses, doctors and physicians who will work in a variety of ways to provide the utmost in patient care.

The goal of the Department of Pain Management is to take patients from initial consultation through diagnosis and onto primary treatment and/or surgery if necessary. We will be a constant presence through the pain management process and into aftercare as well. Many patients will return to La Peer for pain relief through minor procedures such as a lumbar epidural steroid injection or a selective nerve root block. These treatments often work for a few weeks or months at a time and with conditions like repetitive migraines a simple injection is well worth a bi-monthly trip.

The department of pain management is also highly concerned with research and clinical trials. Research into pain management for something like repetitive migraines is as important as finding a permanent method of relief for these patients. Depending on your condition and willingness, you may be able to take part in research and possibly make a step towards improving medicine forever.

Medical Conditions:
  • Arthritis
  • Back injury
  • Chronic daily headaches
  • Peripheral nerve damage
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Vulvodynia


  • Lumbar epidural steroid injection
  • Selective nerve root block
  • Cervical (neck) epidural steroid injection
  • Piriformis muscle (hip) injection
If you would like a one-on-one consultation with a skilled member of staff working in the Department of Pain Management then please call La Peer Health Systems (855) 360-9119) or email at

Conditions Page

Arthritis: Arthritis is the painful inflammation of the joints. The causes of arthritis depends on the type of arthritis you have. The common causes are autoimmune disorders, wear associated with the aging process, bacterial infection, or a broken bone. The symptoms of arthritis include stiffness in the joint, decreased mobility, inability to bend down or stand straight, tightness in the joints, and redness and/or warmth in the affected area. The treatment for arthritis depends on the severity of the case, but it may include NSAIDs like Aleve, steroid injections, heat and ice packs, or joint replacement.

Back injury: Many patients experience chronic pain after experiencing some sort of back injury including herniated discs, sprains, strains, or a fractured vertebrae. The treatment for chronic pain resulting from a back injury may include a nerve block or a lumbar epidural steroid injection.

Chronic daily headache: Chronic headaches are a debilitating condition for many people. It is very common for a person to have a headache from time to time, but if you are experiencing headaches mos
t days of the week, you may have chronic headaches. The risk factors for chronic daily headaches are anxiety, depression, overuse of pain relievers, obesity, disrupted sleep, neck strain, and snoring. The treatment for chronic head is dependent on the severity of the headaches. The treatment may include nerve blocks, steroid injections, beta blockers, anti-seizure medication, Botox injections, or a local anesthetic.

Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects the musculoskeletal system. The exact causes of the condition are unknown, but the symptoms often start after a major trauma, surgery, serious psychological stress, or infection. Additionally, women are more likely to develop the condition than men. The symptoms of fibromyalgia is a constant, dull pain and tender spots throughout the body. The common tender spots include the back of the neck, the shoulders, the chest, and the hips. Sleep disturbance is also a common symptom and side effect of fibromyalgia.  The treatment for fibromaylgia is a combination of non-steroid pain relievers such as Aleve, relaxation techniques, and prescription pain relievers.

Peripheral nerve damage: There are many different types of nerve damage depending on the type of nerve that was damaged and its function. The risk factors for nerve damage include diabetes, trauma, compartment syndrome, pinched nerves, certain medication, nutritional deficiencies, HIV, and motor neuron disease. The treatment for peripheral nerve damage depends on the reason for the nerve damage. If the nerve damage is a result of an infection or diabetes, antibiotics or regulating your blood sugar will help with nerve pain and reduce the risk of further nerve damage. Other treatments for nerve damage may be nerve blocks and steroid injections.

Vulvodynia: Vulvodynia is a painful condition that affects the opening of the vagina. The causes of vulvadynia are unknown, but it is believed that the causes include damage to the surrounding nerves, hormonal changes, allergies, or a history of sexual abuse. The symptoms of vulvodynia are pain near the vulva, itching, soreness, throbbing, stinging, and painful intercourse. The treatment for vulvodynia are antihistamines to reduce itching, behavioral therapy, local anesthetics, nerve blocks, relaxation techniques, and surgery.


La Peer Health Systems – The Department of Pain Management

8920 Wilshire Blvd #101

Beverly Hills, CA 90211 

(855) 360-9119 La Peer Surgery Center