Well, preop, I contacted USC to get info and they wanted to sign me up for a seminar. That's the first step. The seminar I was supposed to go to (I didn't go) wasn't at USC, it was in Pasadena at a hotel. Bookfaerie said that at the seminar they only breifly brush over the DS and don't make it sound like a real option. It seems like it's only once you meet with Crookes that you'll get more info. I believe you have to go through the seminar to meet with Crookes but i'm not sure.
Typical pre-op testing in general are an ekg, chest xray, labs, and the psych evaluation. It also depends upon your insurance. SOme require more preop counseling like mine (Kaiser). Not sure about the wait for the DS--that probably depends on the time of year and how busy they generally are. I'd be curious about out of town patients too--I had my surgery almost 2 hours away(Kaiser)--I had to go there for my surgical consultation, then again for the pre-op, and then for surgery. Next back for the post op roughly 2 weeks later.
I know that one of our Dana's here on the board went to Crookes. He does his DS open so healing time is going to be longer and more painful. But if he's your only option, then it's probably still worth it. I'll PM Dana and see if she's around to answer your questions. Also, when we all meet for our Southern CAlifornia DS meeting *SCADS* you'll get a chance to ask some questions as well. Not sure when we'll all be meeting but maybe sometime early next year.