Did you know that you can schedule routine procedures like cataract removal in an ambulatory setting instead of a hospital?
Over 3.5 million Americans have cataract surgery every year, making it one of the most common and safe procedures performed today. According to a recent study, cataract surgeries performed at ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) jumped from 46 percent in 2001 to 73 percent in 2014.
What is an Ambulatory Surgery Center?
An ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) is an independent healthcare facility that offers comprehensive outpatient surgical services. Besides cataract surgery, ASCs commonly offer options for procedures like hysterectomy, total joint replacement and spinal surgery.
Benefits of an ASC
Many patients prefer ASCs because they offer premium services that hospitals cannot match. A free-standing surgery center is designed to alleviate a specific issue like cataract removal in a timely, efficient manner. Because outpatient centers are specialized, they can streamline their services to offer shorter stays with less wait time and lower cost than traditional hospitals that provide a wide scope of procedures.
When asked why they prefer an ASC over a hospital, many patients say they like smaller, personal environment, the accessibility of parking, and the friendly staff.
Schedule an Eye Exam
If you’re interested in getting more information about cataract surgery at an ASC, call your ophthalmologist. You can discuss your options at your next comprehensive eye exam. More men and women are choosing cataract surgery at a younger age, so talk to your eye doctor about correct timing for your procedure.