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Outpatient Surgery 101


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Outpatient surgery (also referred to as ambulatory surgery, same-day surgery or office-based surgery) is a surgical procedure where the patient is allowed to return home on the same day as the procedure rather than stay in a hospital overnight. Outpatient surgery can be performed in a hospital or in a doctor's office. 

Surgeries suited to outpatient status are those with a low percentage of complications after the operation which would require serious attention by a doctor or a nurse. 

To maximize chances for success, it is helpful to know questions to ask and steps to take before outpatient surgery, how to prepare once surgery is scheduled, what happens during an outpatient procedure, what to expect if the procedure will be performed in a hospital, and what happens when you get home. Each of these subjects are covered in other sections of this article.  


NOTE:  If you are sick with multiple medical problems, consider having all outpatient procedures in a hospital outpatient setting. Multiple medical conditions generally increase the risk of surgery. 

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