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Staying at a hospital after surgery is sometimes necessary, but patients often hope to avoid this. When possible, many patients prefer outpatient, or ambulatory surgery, which allows them to go home the same day to begin recovery.
SouthPoint Surgery Center (SPSC) recently opened to serve patients in the Durham-Southpoint area. Situated conveniently between Raleigh and Durham, SPSC offers ambulatory, or outpatient, surgical procedures.
The goal of SPSC is to provide patients with specialty surgeries that can be performed on an outpatient basis. As a physician-owned facility, SPSC provides the highest-quality care that is patient-centered and cost-effective with important decisions made between patients and their physicians.
SPSC is a multispecialty, 22,298-square-foot facility accommodating the following types of surgeries:
The state-of-the-art facility includes:
Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are medical facilities that provide same-day surgeries. These procedures can include treatments but also preventive and diagnostic surgeries.
Ambulatory surgery is also known as outpatient surgery to reflect that patients do not typically need to stay in a hospital overnight for recovery. Unless there are complications, patients go home the same day they have the procedure.
It is important to understand that an ASC does not provide primary care. Patients go to an ASC after having seen a care provider and determining the need for a specific surgical procedure. The patient can then choose an ASC to undergo the surgery.
Most patients prefer to undergo outpatient surgery if possible. They get to leave the same day and begin the recovery process from the comfort of home. Whether or not a patient is a good candidate for outpatient surgery depends on several factors. These include the type of procedure, their personal risks for complications, and how complicated recovery is expected to be.
Inpatient surgery means that a patient must stay in the hospital after the procedure. The stay can range from a single night to weeks or even months, depending on the patient, the surgery type, and any complications.
It is up to physicians and their patients to determine who is eligible to choose inpatient over outpatient surgery. In general, people undergoing these types of procedures are good candidates for outpatient care in an ASC:
These are just some examples of procedures that can be done on an outpatient basis for many patients. Only your physician and surgeon can help you decide if your surgery should be performed in an ASC or if you require a hospital stay.
In addition to being able to go home sooner, there are other benefits to patients undergoing outpatient procedures. A concern some patients have is safety, but ASCs are as safe or often safer than traditional general hospitals.
ASCs are usually owned by the physicians providing care. This empowers them to make the best, safest choices for patients. Complications and infection rates are low in ambulatory settings. Physician ownership contributes to the highest quality of care. Physicians are free to focus on their niche and become experts in the procedures they perform. They can also provide these procedures at a lower cost than many traditional hospitals.
Another benefit of scheduling a procedure at an ASC is that they provide flexibility and convenience for patients. They offer a range of days and times for surgeries and are typically located in communities where patients live or work.
If you need minor surgery or aren’t sure if your procedure is right for outpatient care, contact our specialists. SPSC providers are available for a consultation to discuss your questions.
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