Outpatient Surgery: Healing At Home

Did you know there are many surgeries that are done at an outpatient facility? Many of these outpatient procedures can significantly reduce the cost of your medical bill. Not only are outpatient surgeries cost-effective, but they can also reduce the stress associated with recovery by healing in a familiar setting–at home. Doctors will use less supplies from a surgical supply store for an outpatient surgery.

Outpatient Procedures and Facilities

Some of us are already familiar with cataract surgery being performed as an outpatient procedure. We can take a look at other surgeries that are also considered as outpatient procedures. Cholecystectomy is an outpatient procedure. This procedure is commonly known as the surgical removal of the gallbladder for various reasons, including the development of gallstones or when the pancreas becomes inflamed. Another example of a surgical outpatient procedure is abdominal hernia repair. An abdominal hernia repair is performed when a hernia develops and tears a hole in the lining of the abdomen wall. A surgeon will then need to repair that wall by patching it or sewing it back together. Knee arthroscopy is also a surgery performed in an outpatient setting. This surgery involves surgeons viewing the knee without having to make a large cut into the knee to alleviate pain associated with knee problems. Today, there many outpatient facilities built to cater to these types of surgeries. Some examples of outpatient facilities include clinics, doctor’s offices, outpatient clinics inside hospitals, and surgery or imaging centers, to just name a few.

Recovery

Above, we’ve discussed a few surgical procedures that are considered outpatient surgeries. We move on to talk about recovering and healing after surgery. If you have ever had to recover for any reason in a hospital, you know that it can be intimidating, stressful, and uncomfortable. Sometimes we think about just wanting to go back home and just get into our own bed and rest. Spending your days recovering at a facility can feel depressing. When an outpatient surgery is performed, a patient can heal and recover from the comforts of home. Sometimes just being in a familiar place can speed up the recovery itself. You want to lay down on your own bed, watch television, and snuggle up with your favorite blanket. You want that private space in your home to heal. Having a friend or relative nearby can also ease the stress during the recovery period.

Technology and Cost

Today, technology plays a significant role in healthcare. In an outpatient setting, patients normally do not spend the night at the facility. In some cases, there are times when monitoring a patient’s recovery is needed outside surgery centers. With technology today, patients no longer have to make their way back for a follow-up visit. There are now “in-home monitors” that can initiate a video conferencing call between the doctor and the patient. Many of us are also familiar with fitness bands. These “wearables” can be customized specifically for patients who are recovering from surgery to monitor a patient’s vital signs. Technology has paved the way for convenience for outpatient surgery patients.

Cost is a major factor when it comes to anything about healthcare. By now, you want to know about cost and benefits. By opting for an outpatient procedure, you will no longer have to worry about the high cost associated with a lengthy hospital stay. Since you will be purchasing medical equipment on your own, you also have the freedom to “shop around” to find the best value for your needs. You can now concentrate and focus on recovering and healing. Many medical insurance companies have better benefits when opting for an outpatient procedure. It may reduce out-of-pocket expenses, relieving you from any additional stress relating to the surgery while saving you money.

With any type of surgery, and when it is possible, planning is key. It is recommended to also contact your insurance provider to check on benefits and coverage. Whatever outpatient surgical procedure you undergo, remember that recovering and healing from the surgery is most important. You want to prioritize yourself to heal and feel comfortable and safe while doing so. By undergoing an outpatient procedure, you will have the freedom to recover privately at home.

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