The Surgical Setting
What will the surgical setting look like?
In the past, surgery may have meant a lengthy hospital stay to recover. With modern
medical advances, people now have several options, depending on the diagnosis and
type of surgery required:
Inpatient surgery. Some of the more intensive surgeries still require you to stay overnight or longer
in a hospital setting. This allows clinical staff to monitor your recovery and ensures
immediate medical attention in case of complications.
Outpatient surgery. Because of advances in surgical procedures and anesthesia, many surgeries done today
allow you to recover and go home on the same day. Outpatient surgery, when appropriate,
has proven to reduce costs, reduce stress, speed up the recovery process, and reduce
the time lost from work and family life. Outpatient surgery may also be called same-day
surgery, in-and-out surgery, and ambulatory surgery. And, outpatient surgery is often
done in what are called specialty surgical centers.
Ambulatory surgery. Ambulatory surgery, also called outpatient surgery, is done without admitting the
patient to the hospital. The surgery may be done in the outpatient section of the
hospital, in an outpatient surgical center, or in a doctor's office.
Specialty surgery centers. Certain medical specialties, such as ophthalmology, may be located in their own office
settings, away from the hospital. These specialty centers are comprehensive in their
care, including offering outpatient surgery. Most outpatient centers are affiliated
with hospitals, where you can be admitted if necessary after surgery.