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09/11/2014
By: Emily A.
Puget Sound Surgical Clinic
The doctors and staff at Puget Sound Surgical Center are amazing!I walked into Dr Billing's office the summer of 2012 and weighed almost 380 lbs. I could not walk into most shops and buy clothes. I could not find shoes that fit my wide feet. I felt fat, ugly and was sure my husband was ashamed of me. Almost two years out I have lost 140lbs. I can now walk into any store and buy cute clothes and shoes. I am not embarrassed for my husband to introduce me as his wife.More importantly is how the quality of my life has changed. I recently went for a 20 mile bike ride after not having been on a bike in a decade. I walk around town and my husband has to tell me to slow down.I have been given a tool to help me be successful in achieved my weight loss goals and has encouraged my friends and family to get healthy and lose weight with me.
Tips & Advices
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.
No. Patients should arrange for someone to drive them home and stay with them for 24 hours following the procedure.
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.
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.
The most common types of procedures conducted at surgery centers are:
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pain management
Some of the most common procedures include:
  • Cataract surgery
  • Colonoscopy
  • Pain injections

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