Outpatient Procedures

Even a difficult surgery like hip replacement can have outpatient care.
Even a difficult surgery like hip replacement can have outpatient care.
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Accidents happen every day, even to the most cautious of us. These accidents often result in a stay in the hospital. However, thanks to medical breakthroughs over past decades, most of us are able to get into the hospital and back out quickly. In fact, increasingly more procedures, whether they're due to an accident or not, are being performed without an overnight stay in the hospital. These types of procedures are known as outpatient procedures, and they come with a few benefits:

  • Cost -- When compared to the same procedure performed as an inpatient, the cost of an outpatient procedure is much lower. This is partially because you're eliminating expenses associated with an overnight stay in the hospital, such as wound dressing changes, usage of the television and telephone in the room, and meals.
  • Convenience -- Unlike inpatient procedures, outpatient procedures can be done in a variety of places like the doctor's office, outpatient clinics or even a hospital. Because of this, scheduling an outpatient procedure is often easier and can be done faster.
  • Faster and more pleasant recovery: Studies have shown that the comforts of home often hasten our return to wellness after a procedure. Therefore, a procedure that gets you home faster could mean faster recovery as well.

In this article, we'll examine outpatient procedures, also referred to as ambulatory procedures or same-day procedures, to find out more about this option in medical service.