Because of tremendous medical advances, many patients are able to be discharged from the hospital on the same day as their surgical procedure. A procedure is classified as a Same Day or Outpatient surgery based upon the level of anesthesia that is used. If the anesthesia is a spinal, regional or IV regional, then the procedure is considered Same Day.
If you are having a Same Day Surgery, you can expect to:
- Follow preparations as instructed by surgical staff prior to day of surgery
- Arrive at the hospital 2 hours prior to the surgery
- Stay in recovery area 4 to 6 hours after surgery
- If the physician feels you should stay longer, you may be moved into an observation status for additional time before being discharged