When you do not need to stay overnight in the hospital after a procedure or diagnostic test, the surgery is referred to as ambulatory surgery or outpatient surgery.
Ambulatory anesthesia is designed to meet the needs of ambulatory surgery, so that you may go home soon after your operation. Specialized anesthesia techniques and short-acting anesthesia drugs combine to make the experience safe and pleasant. If you are in generally good health, ambulatory surgery may be a cost effective, convenient option for you. Your anesthesiologist will carefully evaluate your health and history to determine if ambulatory anesthesia is right for you. He or she will interview you to gather information, either by phone or during your visit to the facility. You may be asked to undergo laboratory tests, and provide information about allergies and other medical conditions. Feel free to discuss questions and concerns with your anesthesiologist at this time.