Because Experience matters

NorthStar Surgical Center is an outpatient department of Lubbock Heart & Surgical Hospital. Our board-certified providers are working to bring the ultimate healthcare experience to the people of the South Plains.



  • Notify your surgeon if there is a change in your physical condition, i.e. cold, fever, etc.
  • Make arrangements for a family member or friend to accompany you to and from the NorthStar Surgical Center.
  • Prior to your procedure discuss with your surgeon any use of blood-thinner type medications (i.e. Coumadin, Plavix, Asprin, etc.).
  • Please bring appropriate cases for eyeglasses and contact lenses as they may not be worn during surgery.
  • Have all your necessary papers or files from your doctor's office sent to us.
  • Bring all applicable insurance information and cards.
  • Get directions to NorthStar Surgical Center.
  • Review our information for patients and visitors and bring all completed and signed documents with you.
  • It is imperative that you have no food or drink - even water - after midnight prior to your surgery.


  • A family member or friend must accompany you to and from the NorthStar Surgical Center. You may not drive for at least 24 hours after surgery and should only resume per physician instructions.
  • Bathe or shower prior to coming to the NorthStar Surgical Center.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothes that are easy to get into after your surgery.
  • Leave all valuables at home - we cannot be responsible for lost or damaged personal belongings.
  • Remove all make-up.
  • Bring a list of all medications that you take on a daily basis.
  • Closely follow your doctor's instructions.
  • If you have any questions about your surgery, please call your personal physician for details.


  • Your condition will be closely monitored by NorthStar Surgical Center staff.
  • When you are able to move around, a family member or friend will be able to visit with you.
  • You will stay in the recovery area until your physician or anesthesiologist believes you are ready to be discharged.
  • Your go-home instructions will be discussed with you by our discharge nurse and you will receive a written copy of these instructions.
  • Make sure you are not home alone for the initial 24-hour period after surgery.
  • Do not sign any contracts or serious legal documents for 24 hours after the surgery.
  • Do not drive for a minimum of 24 hours after the surgery. However, always consult your physician before resuming driving and other activities.
  • Always follow all instructions on your prescriptions.


  • Talk with your child about the upcoming procedure.
  • Let your child know that you will be there for them during recovery.
  • Allow your child to bring their favorite blanket, doll or toy.
  • Have one adult drive and another adult tend to the child on the way home.

NorthStar Surgical Center offers a world class surgical experience in a convenient location. At NorthStar Surgical Center you will find some of the finest, most respected board-certified physicians and staff in the region. NorthStar Surgical Center has some of the most modern facilities in the region with no parking hassles, and you don't have to worry about a complicated maze of hospital buildings.

NorthStar Surgical Center was thoroughly and purposefully planned with one objective: the ultimate experience in same day surgical procedures with unsurpassed quality of care. The particular types of same day procedures involved typically require more care than is usually available in your doctor's office but which do not require a hospital stay. At NorthStar Surgical Center, we care for a wide variety of medical and surgical needs.

Bob and Jean Kiker


Both my husband, Bob, and I have had surgery at NorthStar Surgical Center; and we highly recommend it to others. Our surgeon, Dr. Kenneth Stephenson, knows his calling – as do all nurses and staff of NorthStar. From our initial visits to Dr. Stephenson to the expectation of care; and from the human concern of a surgical procedure to the calming nature of every person from holding through recovery … it was a gift. While surgery isn’t something people look forward to, in life; it happens. We are so glad we chose NorthStar and Dr. Stephenson based on the recommendations from friends.