FAQs

How do I reach the offices of UVA?

Westwood Office

1082 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024
Telephone: (310) 209-2011 ext. 3
Fax: (310) 209-2113

Inglewood Office | Marius Saines, MD

535 E. Hardy St., #322, Inglewood, CA 90301
Telephone: (310) 673-6950
Fax: (310) 671-9989

Marina Del Rey Office

4560 Admiralty Way, Suite 356, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Telephone: (310) 823-7314

How do I get to the offices of UVA?

Westwood Office

Our Westwood office is located three blocks south of UCLA Medical Center in Westwood, Los Angeles.

From the 405 North
Exit Wilshire towards Westwood. Turn right on Wilshire.
Turn left on Glendon. The parking structure and our office will be located on your right hand side.

From the 405 South
Exit Wilshire towards Westwood. Turn right on Wilshire.
Turn left on Glendon. The parking structure and our office will be located on your right hand side.

Inglewood Office

Our Inglewood office is located next to Centinela Hospital, in Inglewood.

From the 405 freeway

Exit Century Blvd. East
Travel east on Century Blvd.
Turn left on Myrtle Street.
Turn right on E. Hardy Street.
Public parking is on the right.

Marina Del Rey Office

405 freway to Marina freeway (CA 90) West
Turn left onto Mindanao Way
Turn right onto Lincoln Blvd
For parking, enter 2nd driveway on the right, just past Bali Way

Where should I park?

Westwood Office

Surgery Patients (long visits)
10844 Weyburn Ave.
$5 All-day parking

Office Patients (short visits)
1036 Broxton Ave.
FREE for first 2 hours (before 6 pm)
*Note: This parking structure is a 5-minute walk from the office.

1060 Glendon Ave. (Trader Joe’s parking)
FREE for first 1 hour (with purchase and validation at Trader Joe’s)
*Note: This parking structure is the closest one to the office.

 

Inglewood Office

Our Inglewood office is located next to Centinela Hospital, in Inglewood.
There is a public parking lot across the street from the hospital on E. Hardy St.

 

Will my insurance cover my visit or procedure?

We accept the following insurance carriers:

• Blue Cross
• Blue Shield
• Cigna
• Aetna
• United Healthcare
• Healthnet
• Care First

We are also contracted with a few HMOs, but not limited to the following:

• Global IPA
• Healthcare LA
• Centinela IPA
• Axminster
• Caremore

Most insurances do cover office-based surgery. In fact, in some cases, the surgery is covered 100% and your only out-of-pocket expense may be your office co-payment! In some instances, office-based surgery is not a covered benefit and may require prior authorization before the surgery. Our office will work very closely with your insurance company and inform you of potential out-of-pocket costs prior to your surgery.

 

What tests do I need before my procedure?

The following tests are required prior to your procedure, which may be coordinated through your Primary Care Physician:

• Recent History & Physical (H&P)|
• Chest X-Ray
• EKG
• Cardiac Clearance
• Bloodwork (Chem 8 Panel/I-stat)
• PT/PTT

How long is my recovery period?

After the procedure, you will remain in our recovery area for at least 1-2 hours before you are discharged home. Typically, our patients spend the next one to two days resting. After that, most patients are back to normal activities. However, we recommend no heavy lifting or strenuous activities for at least a week.

 

Can my procedure be done in the office?

In most cases, our procedures are done in the office setting. However, some patients with extensive medical issues are treated in the hospital when they may require overnight monitoring or intensive care. The decision for office versus hospital surgery is one your doctor will make, depending on your needs.

Will someone need to be with me during my surgery?

A family member or friend will need to drive you to our office, be available in case we need them during your procedure, and then be here to take you home. You are also required to have someone with you for 24 hours after your procedure, to ensure that you are taken care of.

How long will my surgery take?

Typically, patients spend a total of 4-6 hours in the office. This includes pre-operative, procedure, and recovery time. The typical procedure lasts one to three hours.

Will I be awake during my procedure?

In most cases, you will have intravenous sedation during your procedure. This is performed via an IV that is started in your arm or hand. A nurse anesthetist or registered nurse administers pain medication as well as medication to help calm your nerves. You will most likely be asleep, but will be able to rouse to commands and will breathe and move on your own.

Will I be in a lot of pain?

It is our policy to keep your pain to a minimum. Anytime you experience pain during or after your procedure, you should be sure and let the nurse or physician know so your pain can be treated.

What should I wear to my day of surgery?

You should come in comfortable clothes that are easy to take off and on, so you won’t have to exert too much effort to put your clothes back on after the procedure.

Who will take care of my wounds after the surgery?

In most cases, you will have a small puncture site, stitched and covered with gauze and a clear bandage. You will keep that bandage on for a day or so, then take the bandage off. You will then be able to shower over the site, and keep it clean and dry until you come back and have the stitch removed. Our procedures typically do not require a large cut, so the care for your surgical site is very simple.

When is my follow-up appointment?

Following your procedure, you will have a follow-up appointment in one to two weeks.