Today, many surgeries and special procedures can be done safely and comfortably as outpatient, or ambulatory procedures. Patients scheduled for outpatient ambulatory surgery come in the day of the surgery, have the procedure performed, and go home the same day. Outpatient surgery has proven to be safe, convenient and cost effective, and may be recommended to you for your procedure.
Anesthesiologists are experienced in outpatient care, and will use short-acting anesthetics and special techniques to ensure that you are safe and comfortable, and yet ready shortly after the surgery to go home. Various anesthetic techniques may be used for ambulatory surgery patients, including general anesthesia, regional anesthesia such as spinal or nerve blocks, or local anesthesia with sedation.
Anesthesiologists develop individual anesthetic plans for each patient. Prior to your procedure, an anesthesiologist will review your medical history and evaluate your current condition, order any necessary tests and discuss the anesthesia options appropriate for your surgery or procedure.
You will always meet your anesthesiologist prior to your procedure. The anesthesiologist will discuss the risks associated with the administration of anesthesia and help you to make an informed decision about the anesthetic plan. At all times, you should fee free to ask the anesthesiologist any questions you may have.
A friend or family member should bring you at the scheduled time and take you at home when you are ready to leave. it is helpful if someone can be with you for the first 24 hours to assist you as you recover from your experience.