Many cosmetic surgery patients find that their surgical procedures are to be performed in an outpatient setting. This setting is often preferable to an inpatient setting, which typically makes use of a local hospital. On the other hand, outpatient surgeries are typically performed in a freestanding facility or in a separate unit of the hospital. Some may even be performed in the doctor’s office. Patients may wonder how safe and effective outpatient surgeries are and what benefits they may hold.
Why Patients Might Prefer Outpatient Surgeries
Patients prefer outpatient surgeries to inpatient for a variety of reasons. First of all, they create a less stressful or scary atmosphere. Patients feel comfortable going into a surgery knowing that they will be back home in their own beds by the end of the day. In addition, these surgery centers are often quite convenient with easy check-in procedures and slightly more laid-back procedures than inpatient hospital settings have.
In addition, patients appreciate the cheaper price of an outpatient surgery. These surgeries do not cost as much as their inpatient counterparts do because they require less postoperative care. Because patients are discharged home within one to four hours of procedure completion, there are fewer charges for registered nurse care and fewer charges for inpatient medications and overnight bed costs. Whether or not health insurance companies will cover the charges depends on the procedure itself. Generally, procedures that are performed only for cosmetic reasons are not covered by insurance while those done to repair physical injuries or genetic issues are covered.
Finally, outpatient surgical scheduling is less problematic than inpatient is. Inpatient surgeries may have their times changed periodically due to incoming emergency surgeries. However, emergency surgeries are not performed in outpatient facilities, and patients here can count on a set schedule.