Ambulatory Day Surgery
What is Ambulatory Surgery?
Ambulatory or day surgery is the service by which the hospital provides for a surgical procedure for those patients who require surgical treatment exceeding the capabilities of the doctor’s office. It may be of such nature as to require an overnight outpatient stay in the hospital, or more frequently, to be discharged within a few hours. Learn about General Surgery.
Why Ambulatory Surgery?
Ambulatory surgery is time saving for you, your family, and business responsibilities. It costs less than inpatient hospitalization. It’s purpose is to permit you to have an operation in a safe and comfortable environment and return home the same day.
What to Expect
There are several things that you need to know about your upcoming surgery. Some important points include: calling the St. James Pre-Operative Clinic the day before surgery to receive your arrival time, and following essential hygiene rules. For a complete informative guide please refer to our Ambulatory Surgery/Procedure Guide.
Your pre-admission form will be reviewed to determine coverage by Medicare, Medicaid, or your insurance company. If additional information is needed, you will be contacted by our patient accounts counselor. If you do not have insurance coverage, financial arrangement can be established. MasterCard and Visa are accepted.
If you have any questions regarding your insurance coverage or reimbursement, please call the Financial Counselor at (607) 247-2218.
Payment of Physician Charges
The surgeon and the anesthesiologist will submit separate billing for their services just as they would do if you were an inpatient. The procedure will be covered in the same way.