Health United States 2020-2021

Outpatient surgery

According to the American Hospital Association, outpatient surgery is a scheduled surgical service, whether major or minor, performed on patients who do not remain in the hospital overnight. Outpatient surgery may be performed in inpatient operating suites, outpatient surgery suites, or procedure rooms within an outpatient care facility. A surgical operation involving more than one surgical procedure is considered one surgical operation.

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