Travel & Parking

The minimum length of your stay in Burlingame will vary depending on the type of surgery you are having: MTF GRS requires a minimum of 11 nights, including 3 nights in the hospital. Outpatient surgeries such as labiaplasty and tracheal shave require a 5 – 6 night stay in the area. 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 Above

How does one get from the airport or hotel to the clinic and hospital?

For our MTF GRS patients we offer free limo service to and from the airport.  You will be given instructions on what information you’ll need to provide to Robin prior to your surgery, and she’ll book the rides.  For other patients, you’ll find that most of the hotels offer free shuttles to and from the airport.  The Staybridge Inn and Suites, for example, offers free shuttle rides twice hourly for anywhere within a 5 mile radius (which conveniently includes Mills-peninsula Hospital and our clinic on Lorton Avenue!!). For any other transportation, you will need to use a taxi or car service.

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 (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.

Post-operatively, will I need to get myself back to the hotel?

After surgery,  you will need to take a taxi or have your support person drive you back to your hotel. You will return to our clinic on Lorton Ave 6 days after your surgery.

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)

Accommodations

MTF GRS requires a 3 night stay in the hospital. If you are self pay (not covered by insurance), your surgical fees cover an additional 3 nights in the Staybridge Inn and Suites or Residence Inn Marriott. You will need a hotel room the two-three nights before your surgery, and we recommend you stay in the area for another 4 – 6 nights after your post-operative appointment  to regain strength before traveling, and to be nearby in case of problems. You will be in Burlingame a total of 12 – 14 days, including before and after surgery. Outpatient surgeries such as labiaplasty and tracheal shave require a 5 – 6 night stay in the area.

Sightseeing

Cable-Car-1400 There is a Caltrain Station across the street from Dr. Bowers New 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.

Office:

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 from 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.

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Surgery Center:

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

Hospitals:

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: robin@marcibowers.com.