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Surgery at SCCNS

Ar SCCNS, the comfort and care of our patients is the most important. We look forward to helping you feel better. 

Once the need for surgery has been confirmed, the surgery team will give you a surgery date. Your Instructional Appointment will be with Victoria Callahan, PA-C or Mark J. Rueda, FNP-C.
If you should have any questions or concerns regarding your surgery, please do not hesitate to contact the office and ask to speak with one of the surgery coordinators.
Patient's Pre-Op Checklist

• Please complete any requested Medical Clearances.
•An authorization request with your insurance company will be requested (you will be contacted if there are any issues with approval).
• Call your Primary Care Physician and schedule an appointment for a History & Physical and Pre-op.
• Pre-Operative Instructions will be faxed to your PCP’s office.
• Blood-thinning medications should be stopped 7-10 days before surgery.

Instructional Appointment

• Pre-operative testing review
• Surgery consent signed
• Before and after surgery care instructions are given
• If you are receiving an outpatient procedure, medication will be prescribed
Neuroscience Resources
Here you will find valuable resources that can tell you more about various conditions, diagnostic tests, and treatments.


• What is a Neurosurgeon?
A Neurosurgeon is a physician and surgeon who treats conditions of the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system with novel surgical techniques, this is different from a Neurologist who would primarily use medications to treat neurological conditions.

Neurosurgeons can treat a variety of conditions in the brain, spine and peripheral nerves.

• Can I Email my MRI/CT?
We have a portal through which patients can upload their imaging. Otherwise CD’s can be hand carried on the day of the appointment when the images will be uploaded and the CD immediately given back to the patient. If you are a patient living outside of Southern California we can email you a link to upload the images or images can be mailed to us for review during your appointment.