Outpatient surgery, also known as ambulatory surgery, same-day surgery, day case, or day surgery, is surgery that does not require an overnight hospital stay. The term “outpatient” arises from the fact that surgery patients may go home and do not need an overnight hospital bed.
The purpose of outpatient surgery is to keep hospital costs down, as well as saving the patient time that would otherwise be wasted in the hospital. Patients should check with their doctor for all information covering preparation for outpatient procedures. Complications related to surgery occur less than 1% of the time in outpatient settings. However, in terms of patient safety, non-hospital settings are not as regulated as hospitals are. Patients should inquire about all ambulatory clinics, surgical centers, and physicians’ offices to make sure they meet state guidelines.
Outpatient surgery has grown in popularity due to the rise in outpatient surgery centers and improved technology. Outpatient surgery centers often allow patients to get medical surgery and cosmetic surgery done in much more luxurious settings than a state hospital and are often preferred by patients for minor surgical procedures. Improved technology has also increased the frequency of outpatient surgery procedures. With shorter medical procedure duration and fewer complications it makes sense to let patients go home sooner. About 65% of all surgical procedures are done on an outpatient basis.
AMBULATORY SURGERY CENTERS (ASC), ALSO KNOWN AS OUTPATIENT SURGERY CENTERS OR SAME DAY SURGERY CENTERS, ARE HEALTH CARE FACILITIES WHERE SURGICAL PROCEDURES NOT REQUIRING AN OVERNIGHT HOSPITAL STAY ARE PERFORMED. SUCH SURGERY IS COMMONLY LESS COMPLICATED THAN THAT REQUIRING HOSPITALIZATION. AVOIDING HOSPITALIZATION CAN RESULT IN COST SAVINGS TO THE PARTY RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING FOR THE PATIENT’S HEALTH CARE....Read More