You may be wondering why your doctor would recommend that a surgical procedure is performed at an outpatient surgery center instead of a hospital. Your surgeon, anesthesiologist, and primary care physician partner together to determine which facility makes the most sense for you based on your health history and unique medical situation.
Many less invasive surgeries can be performed safely and efficiently at a surgery center. Procedures that require minimal post-operative care, such as biopsies, hernia repairs, gall bladder removal, or laparoscopic surgery are often performed at surgery centers.
Surgery centers can provide the same quality medical care as a hospital while offering certain advantages such as:
- Convenience: You are allowed to recover in the comfort of your home, which is especially helpful for children.
- Affordability: The cost of surgery is nearly cut in half at outpatient surgery centers.
- Lower Infection Rates: Incidents of infection are reduced because most patients at surgery centers are typically healthy.
- Quicker Access to Care: You can schedule your procedures sooner and eliminate wait times. Most patients only spend between 1 to 4 hours at a surgery center.
People with certain cardiovascular diseases, obesity, or other risk factors may be safer at a hospital. Hospitals are prepared to perform more elaborate procedures that require greater observation and recovery times. Hospitals also have supportive departments, such as MRI suites and ICUs that are available in the event of an emergency.
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