Melbourne Surgery Center
95 Bull Dog Blvd., Ste 104Melbourne, FL 32901
FAQs About Surgery Centers:
- Are outpatient surgery centers, ambulatory surgery centers (ASC), and day surgery centers all the same?
Although they all mean the same thing, they are not all alike. Some facilities will be part of a hospital system and share the same operating rooms while others are freestanding with no direct affiliation with a hospital. Then there are centers that have only one specialty; for
instance an eye surgery center will only perform various types of eye surgery. Others are multi-specialty centers and may perform eye surgery, orthopedic surgery, pain management procedures, general surgery, gynecologic surgery, podiatric surgery, plastic surgery, oral surgery and ear, nose and throat surgery.
- Is it better to go to a single-specialty surgery center rather than a multispecialty surgery center?
Either is acceptable. The most important points to
- If the center is accredited by The Joint Commission or AAAHC
- Your doctor’s recommendation
- Number of procedures performed annually taking into account the number of procedures of your type done annually
- Reputation of the center
- The center’s infection rate, incident rate and patient satisfaction rate. This information is available to you upon request by calling the center.
- Is a hospital a better place to have surgery or an ambulatory surgery center?
This depends on your overall health and the type of procedure you are having. In general, ambulatory surgery centers cater to a healthier population because the cases are elective (you can choose to have the surgery at your convenience). Acute and sicker patients are in the hospital and while it may not always be the case, this may increase your risk of infection. Also your elective surgery may be delayed or cancelled because of an emergency surgery taking precedence over your procedure. The nurse-to-patient ratio is better at ASC’s because their primary focus is to care for you while in their department; e.g. pre-op, operating room, or recovery and post-op. The time spent at the center is generally less than in a hospital because there are fewer delays.
- Is the equipment the same in an ASC and hospital?
Yes, because of community and industry standards, either facility will offer the same or similar equipment to treat your needs.
- Do surgery centers sterilize their instruments just like a hospital?
The same standards and practices that govern your care in a hospital will be followed at the surgery center. Any instrument that would be sterilized in a hospital for your surgery would also be sterilized in a surgery center.
- What will my financial obligations be at a surgery center?
Most surgery centers accept most insurances. In general if you are paying for the procedure without the benefit of insurance, the cost of the procedure is less in a surgery center. It is important that you contact the business office of the surgery center or hospital to clarify your financial obligations. Most healthcare organizations will call you prior to your surgery to discuss these obligations and obtain any additional information.
- How can I have my procedure scheduled at a surgery center?
As a patient or guardian you have a right to ask if it is appropriate for you or a loved one to have a procedure performed at a surgery center. Your doctor will be the best person to help with that decision. Remember, your procedure will have to be an approved procedure for ASC’s in order for your insurance to pay; you must be healthy enough to have the procedure performed at an ASC; and your physician must be on staff at an ASC to perform cases. If all these criteria are met, ask if your procedure could be scheduled at an ASC.