Ambulatory Surgery Safety
Are you intrigued by headlines such as “no general anesthesia,” “lunchtime lipo,” and “no scar?” Many patients considering an elective procedure are using office-based, or ambulatory, medical facilities in an effort to save some money. According to the American Hospital Association, 17 to 24 percent of all elective ambulatory procedures are now performed in office settings.
Before you decide to have an ambulatory procedure, be sure to review the tips in this section and make sure your safety is the top priority wherever you go.
“The type of anesthesia administered and patient monitoring completed in surgical facilities is a key element of any procedure,” says anesthesiologist Hector Vila Jr., M.D. “It is just as important for patients to check the background and certification of anesthesiologists or anesthesia providers that are working at outpatient or office facilities as it is to research the background of the medical professionals performing the surgeries.”
Tips for Patients Considering Ambulatory Surgery