Preparing for Surgery
Learn more about the steps to take before, day-of, and after going in for surgery.
When surgery is the best option to improve a patient’s life, Cottage Health provides the highest standards of medical care with skilled surgeons using the most advanced technology for surgical procedures of all types.
This includes an iMRI imaging surgical suite (capabilities that only a handful of hospitals in California have), treating pediatric patients in multiple specialties, providing minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery that allows magnified 3-D views to help surgeons operate with precision, flexibility and control.
These days, Cottage Health provides surgical care for patients who need common and complex surgeries and performs more than 14,000 surgeries a year in our hospitals in Santa Barbara, Goleta and Santa Ynez as well as our outpatient surgery center and eye center.
Cottage Health accepts nearly all insurance plans, and when there isn’t a contract in place, we work with patients on a case-by-case basis.
- General surgery, including abdominal, gastrointestinal and breast surgeries. Common procedures include breast biopsy, colon surgery, hemorrhoid surgery, hernia repair, lung surgery, thyroid surgery, and vascular surgery, as well as surgery on cancerous growths anywhere in the soft tissues of the body.
- Pediatric expertise in multiple specialties:
- Minimally invasive surgery:
- Leading-edge technology:
- Navigational imaging for ENT
- Minimally invasive laparoscopic
- Nerve monitoring
- Complex ear cases
Our Hospitals and Surgery Center
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
Our largest facility, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital (SBCH), is a tertiary care center. That means general and specialty surgeries take place there, including neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery and pediatric surgery, as well as emergency surgery for traumatic injuries. SBCH is also known for its Cottage Center for Orthopedics, which includes surgeries like joint replacements, and its Cottage Center for Weight-Loss Surgery, for procedures such as gastric bypass and lap band.
Across the street from the SBCH emergency room, at 2403 Castillo Street, is the Cottage Outpatient Surgery Center, where many same-day surgeries take place, and the Stewart and Louisa MacDougall Eye Center, which includes surgical eye care.
Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital
In addition to general surgeries, Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital focuses on maxillofacial surgery and orthopedic surgeries in its branch of the Cottage Center for Orthopedics. Both inpatient and outpatient surgeries are performed at GVCH.
Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital
Rounding out the Cottage Health family of surgical facilities is Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital. SYVCH is a surgery destination of choice for patients who live in the Santa Ynez Valley. Their procedures include but are not limited to: outpatient surgery, GI procedures and plastic surgery.
Cottage Outpatient Surgery Center
The Cottage Outpatient Surgery Center provides individuals, whose surgical needs usually do not require an overnight visit, eliminating an extended period of separation from home and family.
Our primary goal is to provide you with a safe, pleasant and comfortable experience. We hope that our facility, and expert team of specially trained physicians and support staff, will exceed your highest expectations.