What makes outpatient surgery different from typical surgery?
Outpatient surgery is performed either in a physician’s office or in an ambulatory center, which is located within a hospital or at a separate facility. Many different procedures in all medical specialties are performed on an outpatient basis. Outpatient surgeries involve fewer complications, less invasive techniques, and state-of-the-art tools to perform procedures.
How is it beneficial?
Outpatient surgery is convenient because it allows you to recover in the comfort of your own home. The scheduling is often easier because the procedures and their length are more predictable. Additionally, outpatient surgery typically costs less because there is no hospital stay involved.
How will I know if I am a candidate for an outpatient surgery?
Whether or not you are a candidate for an outpatient procedure depends on many factors, including your medical history and current condition or symptoms. Your doctor will determine which approach to surgery is best for you.
When can I go home?
Although an outpatient procedure allows you to go home the same day, how long you will have to wait depends on the procedure you had, the anesthesia that was used, and your health. Your vitals will be closely monitored until your doctor determines that it is time for you to go home.
What can I expect?
Knowing what to expect from your procedure and recovery can help to ease your anxiety. Your doctor will tell you everything that you need to know about your procedure and how you can prepare and recover.
Can I drive home after my outpatient surgery?
In most cases, you will not be able to drive yourself home because of the anesthesia. Have a friend or family member available to take you home following your procedure.