Ambulatory Surgery Safety




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

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What is Anesthesiology

Total care of the surgical patient before, during and after surgery.


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Come Prepared

Ask your anesthesiologist questions about what to expect before, during, and after your procedure.


The ASA does not employ physician anesthesiologists on staff and cannot respond to patient inquiries regarding specific medical conditions or anesthesia administration. Please direct any questions related to anesthetics, procedures or treatment outcomes to the patient’s anesthesiologist or general physician.