Good news: Surgery no longer means automatically spending the night in the hospital.
Major surgeries, such as those on the heart or brain, are inpatient procedures, meaning you’ll need a stay in the hospital afterwards. However, many are now available as outpatient procedures. That means you can go home on the day of the procedure without having to spend the night in the hospital.
At Stormont Vail Health’s Single Day Surgery Center, you will receive the same quality of care and work with the same providers as you would if you were staying at the hospital. The Center is fully equipped with operating rooms, recovery rooms and imaging services. You will work with surgeons, advanced practice providers (APPs), registered nurses, surgical technicians, operating room assistants, imaging staff, laboratory staff and registration staff.
Am I Eligible for Single-Day Surgery?
At Stormont Vail, we want to treat the right cases in the right places. We will review the procedure you need and consult with your insurance company to determine which surgical setting — inpatient or outpatient — will be the safest, most effective and most affordable.
Your safety is our priority. If you have a health condition that could potentially make you a high-risk patient, such as respiratory issues, a heart condition or obesity, you will meet with a surgeon for a preanesthesia visit. This helps us determine which location — Stormont Vail Hospital or the Single Day Surgery Center — will be the safest place to perform your surgery.
Conditions We Treat
We perform general surgery, as well as surgeries for certain medical specialties. These include:
Our Treatments & Services
With training in both general and specialty surgery, our surgeons are able to perform many different procedures.
The procedures we most commonly perform include:
Cataract SurgeryEvery eye has a lens, which is usually clear. Cataracts occur when the lens becomes cloudy. If you have cataracts, you may feel as though you’re looking through a frosted or foggy window. It can become difficult to drive, read or see bright colors. Typically, cataracts develop over time and don’t cause vision issues in their early phases.
Once cataracts begin to interfere with vision, you may need surgery. The procedure involves removing the lens and replacing it with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL). Although you will be awake during the procedure, you won’t see or feel what is happening — the surgeon will numb your eye and give you medicine to help you relax.
Knee ArthroscopyThe surgeon will make a few, very small cuts around your knee and insert an arthroscope — a thin tube with a tiny camera attached to the end. The camera is attached to a video monitor, which allows the surgeon to see inside the knee. Then, the surgeon will insert small surgical tools.
Using the images on the screen as a guide, the surgeon will use the tools to fix or remove the problem in your knee.
A knee arthroscopy may be used to treat:
- Torn meniscus (tough, rubbery cartilage that cushions and stabilizes the knee joint)
- Torn or damaged ligaments (tissues that attach bones to one another, and keep the knee stable)
- Inflamed synovial tissue (swelling of the lining of the knee)
- Damaged articular cartilage (slippery substance which helps knee bones glide smoothly across one another when you bend or straighten your leg)
- Baker’s cyst (fluid-filled swelling behind the knee)
- Bone fractures (breaks)
- Loose fragments of bone or cartilage
- Kneecap that is out of place
Shoulder ArthroscopyThe surgeon will make a few, very small cuts around your shoulder and insert an arthroscope — a thin tube with a tiny camera attached to the end. The camera is attached to a video monitor, which allows the surgeon to see inside the shoulder. Then, the surgeon will insert small surgical tools.
A shoulder arthroscopy may be used to treat:
- Problems of the rotator cuff (the four tendons that surround the shoulder and help keep the arm bone in place)
- Bone spurs (bony growths that can cause pain and swelling in the shoulder)
- Torn labrum (cartilage lining the rim of the shoulder, stabilizing and cushioning the joint)
- Torn or damaged ligaments (tissues that attach bones to one another, and keep the shoulder stable)
- Recurrent shoulder dislocation (the top of the upper arm bone is forced out of the shoulder socket)
- Inflamed (swollen) tissue
- Loose cartilage
Carpal Tunnel ReleaseThe carpal tunnel is a passageway in your wrist. The median nerve passes from the forearm through the carpal tunnel, providing sensation to the palm side of your fingers and thumb (except the little finger). It also allows movement in the muscles around the base of your thumb.
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when there is pressure on the median nerve. If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, you may feel pain, weakness, tingling or numbness in the affected hand.
During carpal tunnel release surgery, the surgeon will cut the carpal ligament — the tissue that makes up the top of the tunnel — to relieve pressure on the median nerve. In some cases, the surgeon may also remove tissue around the nerve.
Removal of Lesions or MassesIf your physician finds areas of irregular tissue growth (lesions) or lumps in the body (masses), they may recommend that you get them removed. While many lesions and masses are harmless, others can be signs of cancer. By removing them, we may be able to detect or remove cancer in your body.
FAQ: On the Day of Your Procedure
Q: Will I be under anesthesia?
A: Most procedures are done with some form of anesthesia to block or reduce pain. We may use general anesthesia, where you will be unconscious and will not remember the procedure when you wake up. For some procedures, we may use regional (block) anesthesia, which blocks feeling in a certain area of the body, but you’re still awake.
Many patients who are not under anesthesia will receive a mild sedative to relax them.
Q: How long will I be there?
A: The length of the surgery itself is different for each patient. In general, we tell patients to come in 1.5 hours before surgery, and expect to stay for 1-2 hours after the surgery.
Q: What do I need to bring? Is there anything I shouldn’t bring?
A: All patients must bring a photo ID and their insurance card, if they have one. Do not bring valuables (e.g. jewelry, rings, earrings, or money) or a purse. If you do bring a purse, plan to leave it with a friend or family member in the waiting room during the procedure.
Usually, we ask patients to shower on the morning of their surgery. We also ask that you please wear loose-fitting clothing.
Q: Can I eat on the day of the procedure?
A: We typically ask patients not to eat or drink, chew gum or tobacco, or smoke after midnight on the night before their surgery. You’ll need to talk with your primary care provider or your surgeon about whether you can still take your regular medications before or after surgery.
Q: Can I drive myself home after the surgery?
A: No. You will be given some form of anesthesia or sedation during your procedure, which means you will not be able to safely drive home. You must have someone drive you home and take care of you for the first 24 hours after your surgery. A staff member at the Single Day Surgery Center will make sure that you have a ride home before admitting you for surgery.