Outpatient Surgery (cont.)
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Special Cases: Outpatient Surgery for Children
For parents or caregivers, surgery performed on their children is much more stressful than if they were having surgery performed on themselves. In these instances, speaking to the anesthesiologist regarding the anesthetic plan is even more important. Children benefit significantly from surgery in the outpatient setting because it decreases separation from their family and the home.
Outpatient Surgery Problems
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Outpatient surgery is very safe, with a low frequency of complications. However, potential risks and complications are associated with any surgical procedure, no matter how minor. Some risks are related to the surgery, and other risks are related to the anesthesia. The most frequent complications include nausea and vomiting, sore throat, and discomfort at the surgical site.
Although more serious complications are rare, heart attack, stroke, excessive bleeding, and even death have occurred in the outpatient setting. Some people may require hospital admission following surgery. The doctor should be alerted as soon as possible if a problem is suspected after a person is discharged from the outpatient center. The earlier the doctor is aware of a potential problem, the sooner appropriate treatment can be started to avert any long-term effects.
For More Information on Outpatient Surgery
American Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers PO Box 5271
Federated Ambulatory Surgery Association
Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care
Last Reviewed 11/17/2017
Lynnus Peng, MD
Edward J Norris, MD, MBA
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Anthony Anker, MD, FAAEM
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