Physicians are doing more than just checkups in their offices these days. Advances in medical technology have made it possible for physicians to perform more advanced and more complex surgical procedures in their offices. Whether it’s dental procedures or endoscopic procedures, every surgical procedure performed in a doctor’s office involves some form of anxiety relief or anesthesia to make the surgery more tolerable. Some
office-based procedures might even involve general anesthesia that provides a total loss of consciousness.
Sometimes called ambulatory anesthesia, special medications and techniques are used when a patient is expected to go home as soon as possible on the same day of the surgery. Office-based surgery, thus, is a form of ambulatory anesthesia. Office-based surgery can offer the convenience of having a procedure done in a more comfortable setting and with a quick return home. From the simple removal of a mole to breast augmentation/reduction, liposuction, hernia repairs or knee arthroscopies, a rapidly growing number of surgeries are being performed in doctors’ offices rather than in hospitals or ambulatory surgical centers. In addition to this on a patient level, the cost
and efficiencies on a broader level are extremely important.
Less is more with Office Based Procedures
Less unnecessary staff
Less time waiting
Less instruments and equipment
Less sterile supplies to outfit an operating room need for a wider range of procedures
Less of a process from checking in to being discharged
Less facility fees
Less “one big expensive square peg” fits all when custom office-based procedures have the equipment needed for a focused need (vs an OR that has it for a wide range) thereby cutting costs
What does the above mean for a patient and for the healthcare system overall? It means a more efficient process with less waste and less money spent per procedure.
This is a movement that’s happening and it makes a meaningful impact on the patients experience and it appropriates the procedures that belong in the hospital, the surgical centers, and the office based locations (which happen to be the most numerous out of the three.) Various characteristics of patients and specific surgeries do belong in hospitals and surgery centers, and that’s something anesthesiologists can help screen when deciding. The idea is to take the healthiest patients with the lowest risk procedures and take them to the offices.
At SmileMD, we are on the forefront of this optimization in healthcare with our Mobile Operating Room services. It takes a team to take care of patients and it will take a team of physicians to be proponents of this significant and meaningful improvement to our healthcare system.