The majority of patients who undergo surgery or diagnostic tests at any of the surgery centers do not need to stay overnight in the hospital. Ambulatory (outpatient) anesthesia and surgical care has proven to be safe, convenient and cost-effective. Short-acting anesthetic drugs and specialized anesthetic techniques as well as care specifically focused on the needs of the ambulatory patient are used to make your experience safe and pleasant. Because each patient is unique, your anesthesiologist and your surgeon will carefully evaluate you, your health status, and the extent of your surgical procedure to determine if you should undergo ambulatory anesthesia.
After your early recovery from anesthesia, you usually will return directly home. In most cases, family and friends can provide all the needed assistance. If you do not have family members or others to help at home, you may require additional help (please let your surgeon know this before scheduling an outpatient procedure). Appropriate pain management will be included as part of your discharge planning.
Ambulatory surgery patients will receive a telephone call from a hospital staff member on the day before surgery. During the call you will be told what time to come into the hospital and where to go. You will also be reminded to adhere to the fasting guidelines, as mentioned above.