Deer Creek Surgery Center – Overland Park, KS

Welcome to Deer Creek Surgery Center

Deer Creek Surgery Center was built to be a center of excellence for eye surgery. Our physicians and staff strive to provide every one of our patients with exceptional care.

About Deer Creek Surgery Center

Our Surgeons

Deer Creek Surgery Center has some of the best surgeons in the region on staff. Each have their respective clinic where initial evaluations are performed and where the patient returns for their post-operative care. These surgeons are also board members of the surgery center and each is committed to ensuring a caring environment for patients and utilizing the safest, state-of-the-art technology. The extensive experience of this group of highly respected eye surgeons allows patients to undergo their surgery at Deer Creek Surgery Center with utmost confidence.

Timothy Cavanaugh, MD

Dr. Timothy B. Cavanaugh’s practice, Cavanaugh Eye Center, is located in south Overland Park, very close to DCSC. He is a founding member of Deer Creek Surgery Center and performs advanced cataract surgery using the LenSx femtosecond laser, refractive lens exchanges, corneal transplants (DSAEK and PK), eyelid surgeries and YAG laser treatments.  As a fellowship-trained corneal specialist, Dr. Cavanaugh also offers other elective corneal procedures, such as LASIK, in his office laser suite.

Cavanaugh Eye Center
6200 W. 135th Street
Overland Park, KS 66223
Phone: 913.897.9200

Michael Stiles, MD

Dr. Michael Stiles’ practice, Stiles Eyecare Excellence, is located adjacent to
Deer Creek Surgery Center. He is a
founding member of the surgery center and performs cataract surgery, YAG laser
treatments, and glaucoma laser and surgical procedures. Dr. Stiles gives
numerous presentations locally and nationally on breakthrough technology
involving both cataract and glaucoma surgery.

Stiles Eyecare Excellence
7200 W. 129th Street
Overland Park, KS 66213
Phone: 913.897.9299

Joseph Tauber, MD

Dr. Joseph Tauber’s practice, Tauber Eye Center, is located near the Country Club Plaza. Dr. Tauber performs cataract surgery, laser vision correction, yag laser treatments and is recognized as a leader in the Kansas City area for advanced corneal transplants and ocular surface disease. He is the Medical Director of Saving Sight, one of the largest eye banks in the U.S., which provides donor corneas to surgeons worldwide.   

Tauber Eye Center
4400 Broadway
Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone:  816.531.9100

Ann Stechschulte, MD

Dr. Ann Stechschulte practices with Dr. Stiles at Stiles Eyecare Excellence. She performs cataract surgery, yag laser treatments and glaucoma procedures. Dr. Stechschulte performs different glaucoma procedures utilizing breakthrough laser treatments enabling a faster recovery for patients.
Stiles Eyecare Excellence
7200 W. 129th Street
Overland Park, KS 66213
Phone:  913.897.9299

Privileged Surgeons

Nelson R. Sabates, MD, FACS

Dr. Nelson R. Sabates joined Sabates Eye Centers in 1992 and practices at Sabates Eye Center locations in Leawood as well as at St. Luke’s Plaza and University Health. He specializes in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous and advance cataract surgery. Dr. Nelson Sabates is a professor of ophthalmology and chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at UMKC’s School of Medicine. He is the president of the Vision Research Foundation of Kansas

Sabates Eye Centers
11261 Nall Avenue
Leawood, KS 66211
Phone: 913.261.2020

M. Scott Hickman, MD

Dr. M. Scott Hickman is the founder of Ad Astra Eye and is located near K-10 and Ridgeview Road.  He uses the latest technologies to provide the highest quality care, including laser-assisted cataract surgery, premium lenses, YAG and glaucoma lasers, and lid surgery. He is also involved in volunteer ophthalmology and is the Medical Director of SEE International—a charity that provides eye care throughout the world.

Ad Astra Eye
17795 West 106th Street Suite 202
Olathe, KS  66061
Phone:  913.353.4127 or 785.424.8805

Pre-Surgery Instructions

We welcome you to Deer Creek Surgery Center.  Your ophthalmic surgeon’s office will schedule your eye procedure at our facility and will hand you a blue card with instructions for you to follow the day of surgery.  Please read the information carefully.  Should you have questions, please call your surgeon’s office or Deer Creek Surgery Center.

Pre-Surgery Instructions

  • We will call with your arrival time 24-48 hours prior to your surgery date.

  • Do not wear makeup or moisturizer to your procedure.

  • You must have a driver accompany you —they are required to stay for the duration of your surgery (approx. two hours).

  • Continue taking medications (including eye drops) the day of surgery unless otherwise instructed by your physician.

  • Bring all eye drops with you.

Anesthesia Diet Instructions

  • If you are having a laser procedure that doesn’t involve anesthesia (YAG laser capsulotomy, YAG laser PI, SLT laser), there are no dietary restrictions.

  • Morning surgery (7am – 12pm): Do not eat or drink after midnight the night before. Take medications, as needed, that morning with small sips of water. If diabetic, do not take diabetic meds, including insulin, that morning.

  • Afternoon surgery (12pm – 5pm): Within six hours of your arrival time, have nothing to eat or drink. More than six hours before your arrival time, you are allowed a light meal. Guidelines for a light meal—NO citrus fruits or citrus juices, meat, dairy products (with exception of eggs), any fried and/or oily food. You may have six to eight ounces of clear liquids, plain toast with jam or jelly (no butter or peanut butter) and a poached or hardboiled egg. If diabetic, only take half of your normal insulin dose.

Admission to Deer Creek Surgery Center

  • Patient must have a responsible adult with them at the surgery center from arrival through discharge.

  • Upon check-in, it will be confirmed with the patient that their responsible party is present and will stay on-site through discharge.

  • Surgery will be canceled if a responsible party will not remain on-site for the duration of the patient’s visit.  Deer Creek Surgery Center will call the surgeon’s clinic and they will contact the patient to reschedule surgery.

  • If a patient has no option of a responsible adult on-site for the duration, the patient’s sedation options will be limited. Discuss with your surgeon’s office, prior to the day of surgery.

  • This requirement does not apply to YAG or SLT laser procedures.


  • Our Admission Policy is put in place to comply with CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) regulations and specifically for our patients’ safety.

  • Should you have questions regarding this policy, please contact your surgeon’s office or Deer Creek Surgery Center.

Patient Financial Responsibility

Patient Financial Responsibility

  • Prior to your visit, please review and understand your insurance plan benefits (co-payments, deductibles, co-insurance).

  • You will be notified if a co-pay, deductible or co-insurance will be due prior to or at check-in. There are some instances when advanced notice is not possible (emergent procedure, current insurance information was not provided, insurance requirements changed, etc.), however, any patient responsibility payment will still be due at check-in.

  • Bring your current insurance card(s).

  • Our office will file insurance claims for our services. Your physician and anesthesia will file separate claims for their services.

  • If you do not have health insurance, contact our office prior to surgery to make financial arrangements.

Methods of Payment and Financing Option

  • Methods of payment accepted are cash, checks, all major credit cards and CareCredit.

    PLEASE NOTE:  For balance inquiries, fee refunds or if you have questions about your bill, please contact our billing department at 913.897.0022.

  • Deer Creek Surgery Center uses CareCredit for those patients wishing to use a payment program.  With CareCredit, you can finance your eye procedure (a minimum amount may apply) with no upfront costs, no annual fees, and no pre-payment penalties.  CareCredit offers a full range of payment plans so you can find one that works best for you.  Applying online is easy or feel free to contact our office for further information.

No Surprises Act

You may have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost

Under the law, health care providers need to provide an estimate of the bill for medical items and services to patients who do not have insurance or are not using insurance.

  • You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees.
  • Make sure your health care provider gives you a “Good Faith Estimate” in writing at least one (1) business day before your medical service or item. You can also ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a “Good Faith Estimate” before you schedule an item or service.
  • If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your “Good Faith Estimate”, you can dispute the bill.
  • Make sure to save a copy/picture of your “Good Faith Estimate.” For questions or more information about your right to a “Good Faith Estimate,” visit or call 1.800.633.4227.

Your Rights and Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills

When you get emergency care or are treated by an out-of-network provider at an in-network hospital or ambulatory surgical center, you are protected from balance billing. In these cases, you shouldn’t be charged more than your plan’s copayments, coinsurance and/or deductible.

What is “balance billing” (sometimes called “surprise billing”)?

When you see a doctor or other health care provider, you may owe certain out-of-pocket costs, such as a copayment, coinsurance, and/or a deductible. You may have other costs or have to pay the entire bill if you see a provider or visit a health care facility that isn’t in your health plan’s network.

“Out-of-network” means providers and facilities that haven’t signed a contract with your health plan to provide services. Out-of-network providers may be allowed to bill you for the difference between what your plan pays and the full amount charged for a service. This is called “balance billing.” This amount is likely more than in-network costs for the same service and might not count toward your plan’s deductible or annual out-of-pocket limit.

“Surprise billing” is an unexpected balance bill. This can happen when you can’t control who is involved in your care—like when you have an emergency or when you schedule a visit at an in-network facility but are unexpectedly treated by an out-of-network provider. Surprise medical bills could cost thousands of dollars depending on the procedure or service.

You are protected from balance billing for:

Emergency services

If you have an emergency medical condition and get emergency services from an out- of-network provider or facility, the most they can bill you is your plan’s in-network cost-sharing amount (such as copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles). You can’t be balance billed for these  emergency services. This includes services you may get after you’re in stable condition, unless you give written consent and give up your protections not to be balanced billed for these post-stabilization services.

Certain services at an in-network hospital or ambulatory surgical center 

When you get services from an in-network hospital or ambulatory  surgical center, certain providers there may be out-of-network. In these cases, the most those providers can bill you is your plan’s in-network cost-sharing amount. This applies to emergency medicine, anesthesia, pathology, radiology, laboratory, neonatology, assistant surgeon, hospitalist, or intensivist services. These providers can’t balance bill you and may not ask you to give up your protections not to be balance billed.

If you get other services at these in-network facilities, out-of-network providers can’t balance bill you, unless you give written consent and give up your protections.

You’re never required to give up your protections from balance billing. You also aren’t required to get care out-of-network. You can choose a provider or facility in your plan’s network.

When balance billing isn’t allowed, you also have the following protections:

You are only responsible for paying your share of the cost (like the copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles that you would pay if the provider or facility was in-network). Your health plan will pay out-of-network providers and facilities directly.

Your health plan generally must:

  • Cover emergency services without requiring you to get approval for services in advance (prior authorization).
  • Cover emergency services by out-of-network providers.
  • Base what you owe the provider or facility (cost-sharing) on what it would pay an in-network provider or facility and show that amount in your explanation of benefits.
  • Count any amount you pay for emergency services or out-of-network services toward your deductible and out-of-pocket limit.
If you believe you’ve been wrongly billed, you may send complaints about potential violations of federal law to:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The Kansas Insurance Department, Consumer Assistance Division
1300 SW Arrowhead Road
Topeka, KS 66604
Visit for more information about your rights under federal law.

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Phone: 913.897.0022
Fax: 913.402.7354

Monday – Thursday: 7:00am – 4:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 3:00pm

7220 W 129th St, Overland Park, KS 66213