Same-Day Surgery Center
Same-day surgery, also called ambulatory or outpatient surgery, refers to procedures that are completed on an outpatient basis. Same-day surgical procedures can be done on many parts of the body, including the skin, eyes, joints, muscles, nerves, and internal organs. What these procedures have in common is that most patients check-in, have surgery, recover briefly and then go home within hours.
At our Same-Day Surgery Center, registration and check-in, preoperative preparation, operating rooms, and recovery areas are all located under one roof.
What to Expect From Same-Day Surgery
Same-day surgery is safe as well as convenient. You can rest assured that our surgeons are among the region’s most skilled and experienced, and they use the latest medical technologies.
Preparing for same-day surgery is no different than preparing for a surgery that involves an overnight stay, so be sure to follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully. Some same-day surgeries are simple and over in minutes, while others are more complex. Your surgeon is the best person to explain the purpose of the procedure, exactly what will be done, how long it will take, what recovery will be like, and what kind of final results you can expect.
Anesthesia is a medication that prevents you from feeling any discomfort during your procedure. The effects of anesthesia are temporary. You may receive one of several types of anesthesia during your same-day surgery.
- General anesthesia, which puts you in a sleep-like state
- Local anesthesia, which numbs a small area of the body
- Regional anesthesia, which numbs a larger area, such as an arm or leg
- Monitored anesthesia care (MAC), a sedative that makes you groggy but still awake
After Your Same-Day Surgery
After your procedure, you will be carefully monitored in a recovery room. You will be discharged as soon as your medical team is sure you can care for yourself at home. We ask that you have someone stay with you for 24 hours after your surgery.
Your surgeon will give you instructions on what to do—and not do—as you recover in the comfort of your own home. It is important to follow your discharge instructions carefully. Doing so helps ensure your recovery will go smoothly.
If you or a loved one has questions about an upcoming procedure, call 229.228.3707.