Advances in medical care over the past few decades have drastically improved the quality and convenience of surgical care for all types of conditions. The development of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and the partnerships formed with top surgeon specialists have been driving factors in this healthcare trend.
Almost all surgeries and diagnostic procedures were performed in hospitals until the first standalone surgery center opened in 1970. According to the Texas ASC Society, there are now more than 5,300 surgery centers nationwide and more than 400 in Texas. In some states, surgery centers outnumber hospitals. With expansion came even more beneficial reasons to choose surgical care available in a surgery center like the state-of-the-art facility at FAITH Surgical Center in The Colony, TX.
Outpatient Surgery Benefits:
There are many positive reasons to have surgery done at an ambulatory surgery cent er like FAITH in The Colony. In fact, The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center posts these key “plusses” to using a standalone surgical facility.
- Lower infection rate
- Faster recovery time
- Lower cost (no hospital room charges)
- Less stressful
- Easy scheduling
Surgery Centers: Convenient, Cost-Effective, Safe
The Texas ACS Society reports that surgery centers perform many of the same procedures as hospital outpatient departments, with equal if not more efficiency. Surgeons do not have to compete for operating room space, use of equipment or nursing staff.
Plus, the close partnership with physicians promotes more control over scheduling, resulting in fewer delayed or rescheduled procedures. Surgery center doctors also perform a diverse range of procedures, many of them diagnostic or preventive in nature, such as ureteroscopy or hysteroscopy.
Work at standalone surgery centers also led medical innovators to develop minimally invasive surgical procedures that allowed even faster effective treatment of such conditions as ACL tears or advanced surgical procedures such as the MAKOplasty surgery to treat arthritic knees. Many surgeries, like partial knee replacements, that originally had to be done in a hospital with an overnight stay can now safely be treated in an ambulatory surgery center
Texas surgery centers are licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services and most are also Medicare certified. According to the industry association, almost 75% of all surgery today is performed on an outpatient basis (compared to just 15% in 1980). Surgery centers save the Medicare system (and taxpayers) an estimated $2.3 billion annually.
For more information about the outstanding care and attention available at FAITH Surgical Center, please contact us online or call 972-370-7200.