All surgeries are performed in a safe, sterile, medical environment. But, not all surgeries are done in a hospital. Today, there are a number of places suitable for surgeries that include a hospital, an outpatient surgical center, and your doctor’s office. Before your surgery is scheduled, your Glendora General Surgeon will discuss your particular procedure and which medical setting is the most convenient and effective setting for you. Regardless of where your surgery is performed, your surgeon will instruct you on all of the necessary pre and post-operative care that you will need to follow to ensure a successful procedure. Regardless of the reason for your operation, your surgeon wants to ensure that you receive the best care, in the most appropriate setting.
Surgery in the Doctor’s Office
There are a number of minor, minimally invasive surgeries that your general surgeon can perform in his offices, such as the removal of moles or hemorrhoids. The advantages for you of having an in-office surgery are being more relaxed in a familiar location, fewer costs than in a surgical center or a hospital, and knowing that you will be going home after the surgery. Depending on your specific operation, you may be given a local or general anesthetic, or the area to be operated on may be numbed while you remain away. After your surgery, you will remain in the doctor’s office for observation before being released. You will need to have someone with you who can drive you home from the office.
Surgery in an Outpatient Surgical Center
There is an endless number of surgical procedures that are performed in a surgical center, both traditional and minimally invasive operations. With the continued improvement in surgical instruments and advancement in laparoscopic techniques, more surgeons are electing to perform minor, routine, or intermediate operations in an outpatient surgical center. You will receive the same level of attention and dedicate care as you would at an in hospital admission, but with less total costs. The medical team that will attend you before, during, and after the surgery will still include your surgeon, an anesthesiologist, and the required number of medical staff personnel. Your specific surgery will determine whether you will need a local or general anesthesia, or another form of sedation, to ensure that you are relaxed and pain-free during the operation. You will remain in the center for observation before being released. You will need to have someone with you who can drive you home from the surgical center.
Surgery in a Hospital
Your surgery may need to be performed in a hospital environment if your surgeon needs you to remain overnight or for several days while you recuperate from the operation. This may be to ensure that internal stitches are holding, or if any drainage tubes are functioning properly. Another reason for an in-hospital operation is if a biopsy needs to be sent to the laboratory for analysis during or after the surgery. Your general surgeon wants to ensure that everything needed for a complete, successful operation has been done before you are able to return home.