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Day/Outpatient Surgery also known as the "Short Stay Specialties Unit (SSSU)", offers a wide range of outpatient care, including minor surgery, treatments and medication administration. These services provide less intensive levels of care in the least amount of time, without sacrificing quality of care or outcome.
An outpatient surgery is a planned procedure, not an emergency situation. It does not normally require an overnight stay in the hospital, barring complications or continued health needs.
The Pre-Operative Clinic schedules appointments to individualize each patient’s surgery preparation.
Surgery Waiting Room
Visitors are invited to wait in our recently updated waiting room which includes a 42-inch flat screen TV and a variety of current magazines to make the wait comfortable.
The Tri-State Angel Volunteers and/or SSSU staff are available to update family/visitors regarding your progress. If a family member or friend has accompanied you, they may receive a visit from the surgeon and/or the anesthesia provider once your surgery has been completed.
After returning to your room, your visitors will be allowed to see you. This may be one to two hours after you are transferred to the Recovery Area.
What To Expect After Surgery
When you leave the hospital, you should expect to be awake enough to go home, but plan to continue resting. When you have outpatient surgery, you go home to recover and will probably not feel up to doing much for the rest of the day or longer, depending on the type of procedure.
Please contact a nurse after your discharge to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. SSSU nurses are available for questions Monday through Friday starting at 6 a.m. Telephone numbers will be included in your discharge instruction sheets.
Post-Operative and home instructions are provided with each patient’s needs in mind. Your doctor will specify any follow-up care you may need.
For more information, please call Day/Outpatient Surgery at 509.758.4663.