The minimum length of your stay in San Mateo will vary depending on the type of surgery you are having:

If you are having a hysterectomy, you will have a one to two night stay in the hospital.

Outpatient surgeries require a 5 – 14 night stay in the area, depending on the type of surgery you are having. If you are having an outpatient procedure, you will need to find accommodations for all nights.

Which major airport should I use?

  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO): Less than 15 minutes to clinic and hospital.
  • Oakland International Airport (OAK): 30-45 minutes from San Mateo.
  • San Jose International Airport (SJC): 30-45 minutes from San Mateo.

Bay Area from aboveHow does one get to the Office from the airport, hotel, or anywhere in the Bay Area?

Most hotels in the area offer free shuttles to/from the airport. The Staybridge also offers free shuttle service twice each hour to any location within a 5 mile radius (which conveniently includes Mills-Peninsula Hospital!) For any other transportation, you will need to use a taxi or car service. There are several rental car agencies in Burlingame including:

Taxicab Companies:

  • Dash Limo (650) 400-7277
  • Merit Taxi (650) 571-0606
  • Peninsula Cab (650) 787-3778
  • Yellow Cab (650) 342-1234

Rental cars:

Cal Train
Public transportation in the Bay Area is excellent generally with Caltrain linking from the South as far as San Jose and via BART to the north and East Bay (with a transfer in Millbrae). There is a convenient Burlingame Cal Train stop in Burlingame directly across from our office. Not every Caltrain stops in Burlingame, however, so be certain to check.

For our FTM patients, and all those having outpatient surgeries, it is best if you can have someone accompany you to San Mateo to help with transportation and other needs. If you have to come alone, please be sure to let Robin know in advance.

Will I need wheelchair service in the airports?

If you did not require a wheelchair en route to surgery, you most likely will not require one afterwards

Anything special I should plan on vis a vis flights?

Aisle seating is a good idea, pack light, and don’t order the tomato juice (with its 1100 mg of sodium)


Depending on the type of surgery you are having, FTM GRS requires a 5 – 14 night stay in San Mateo. Patients having outpatient procedures will need to find accommodations for all nights. If you have having a hysterectomy, you will have a one to two night stay in the hospital.  Ring Metoidioplasty requires a two week stay in the area, but is an outpatient surgery.



There is a Caltrain Station across the street from Dr. Bowers’ office and a Caltrain/BART station 3 blocks from Mills-Peninsula Hospital.

3 Perfect Days in San Francisco — some ideas for friends and family while in the Bay Area.


345 Lorton Avenue Suite 101
Burlingame, CA  94010

We are conveniently located near downtown Burlingame, at the corner of Lorton Avenue and Bellevue Avenue (across Stacks Restaurant). Free parking (2 hours) is available on Bellevue Avenue, along with long-term parking on California Avenue and meters. Please note that the long-term parking (3$ all day) accepts cash (1$ bill) and coins only.

A parking map is available here.

Looking for a restaurant or thinking about shopping in the area? Check out the Burlingame Dowtown website! Most of the businesses listed are within walking distance of our office.

Surgery Center:

San Mateo Surgery Center
66 Bovet Road Suite 103
San Mateo, CA  94402


Mills-Peninsula Medical Center
1501 Trousdale Dr Burlingame, CA 94010

Mills Health Center
100 South San Mateo Drive San Mateo, CA 94401

Who can I contact with last-minute questions and issues?

Dr. Bowers office manager/coordinator in Trinidad is Robin, she can be reached at (719) 846-6300 (office) or via email: