Outpatient Surgery

Outpatient Surgery

Surgery does not always mean an over-night stay at the hospital. At Penn Highlands Healthcare, outpatient surgery, also known as ambulatory or office-based surgery, is becoming more common.
Outpatient surgery provides patients with the convenience of recovering at home, and can be performed at lower cost. Most outpatient surgeries can take anywhere between a few minutes to a few hours.

Although outpatient surgeries may not be medical emergencies, they still require some form of anesthesia or pain medication. The same anesthetic techniques used in hospitals may be used for outpatient surgery, ranging from local anesthesia to numb a small area of the body to general anesthesia, which results in total loss of consciousness and pain sensation. The surgery will most likely require you to prepare in the same way that you would for hospital-based surgery.
Your physician will give you specific instructions on how to prepare the night before and day of your surgery. By being prepared before surgery, you can increase your chances of a safe and successful experience.

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