Outpatient surgery or same-day surgery is on the rise in the U.S. In fact, same-day procedures accounted for about two-thirds of all surgery visits in 2006 — up from half in 1996 — according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In 2012, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality noted after analyzing American Hospital Association utilization and volume data that outpatient surgeries had grown to 65 percent (17.3 million) of all surgeries at community hospitals in the United States in 2012, up from 54 percent (12.3 million) in 1992.*
Laparoscopic, or minimally invasive, techniques and advanced surgical tools have made many same-day surgeries possible. Minute instruments — ranging in size from 2 to 10 millimeters — allow surgeons to move within small incisions. Beaufort Memorial’s da Vinci Surgical System provides operating surgeons with pinpoint movement and three-dimensional, high-definition imagery that exceed those of the human body. Meanwhile, improvements in anesthesia enable patients to regain consciousness more quickly, which allows for same-day discharge.
Today, more than half of surgeries performed at Beaufort Memorial utilize a minimally invasive approach. Patients undergoing small or single incision surgery are able to spend less time in the hospital and, more important, heal faster and better. “With open surgery, patients are looking at a four- or five-day hospital stay,” says, Beaufort Memorial’s director of surgical services. “Patients undergoing many minimally invasive surgeries usually go home the same day. That’s huge.” New director of surgical services is Kristin Varnes; need to confirm that she’s OK with quote. Would you like me to do that?
* Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Statistical Brief #188. February 2015.