Are family members allowed to visit patients at a surgery center?
This depends on the center. Some may allow brief visits by family members. Patients should ask about visiting rules before inviting people to stop by.
Are patients able to drive home after a procedure at a surgery center?
No. Patients should arrange for someone to drive them home and stay with them for 24 hours following the procedure.
How long is the usual stay at a surgery center?
This depends on the procedure. Most centers ask that patients arrive one to two hours before the procedure begins. Following the procedure, the patient will stay at the center until fully recovered from being sedated. This may take between one and three hours. After that, if the patient isn't experiencing abnormal pain, he or she may leave.
Are ambulatory surgery centers required to have certification?
Different states have different rules regarding requirements for surgery centers. However, ASCs are required to be certified as a Medicare and/or Medicaid Ambulatory Surgery Center supplier before they enter into an agreement with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
What types of procedures are conducted at a surgery center?
The most common types of procedures conducted at surgery centers are: