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How Do I Choose the Best Outpatient Surgery Center?

Nicole Etolen
Nicole Etolen

An outpatient surgery center is a good option if you are going in for a short surgery that allows you to leave the facility the same day, as it can save you both time and money. While your surgeon will typically choose which center you use, you may have some say in the decision. Look for an outpatient surgery center that either fits your budget or takes your insurance, is close to your home, and has a good reputation of staffing compassionate medical personnel.

You insurance or budget for medical expenses will play the largest role in your decision. Some insurance companies may only allow you to use a center within your network. If you are paying for the procedure yourself, compare the costs of the centers in your area. Keep in mind that the fees are usually broken down into several categories, so the surgeon’s bill may be separate from that of the outpatient surgery center. Ask about any potential unforeseen expenses that may arise, such as pain medications, extra bandages, and any other small items that may be needed.

Some surgeries are done on an outpatient basis.
Some surgeries are done on an outpatient basis.

While in some cases, it may be beneficial to travel far from home to find an outpatient surgery center with which you feel most comfortable, it is usually a better idea to stay closer to your home. You will more likely not be permitted to drive yourself home after the procedure, and if you need to rely on a friend or a taxicab, it may be more cost-effective and convenient if you are in your own town or close to it. In the event that something goes wrong, you will also be closer to your hometown hospital and support system.

If you have several choices that meet the first two criteria, choose the outpatient surgery center with the best reputation. Talk to other patients and doctors, or search online for patient reviews and ratings. Look for a center with a compassionate staff that is willing to answer any questions you may have regarding your procedure.

In most cases, your surgeon will schedule you at the outpatient surgery center with which he or she is associated. If you decide on a center before you choose a surgeon, ensure that you are able to use your top pick by finding out which surgeons work with that center. It is important that if you are not comfortable with any of those surgeons, you have the option to choose a different center. Keep in mind that you will only be in the center for a few hours, but you will be working with your surgeon before, during, and after the surgery.

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    • Some surgeries are done on an outpatient basis.
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      Some surgeries are done on an outpatient basis.