The Benefits of Outpatient Procedures
Inpatient hospital stays for minimally invasive GYN surgery carry more risks & costs than outpatient procedures; offer no benefit to patient over outpatient procedures.
“Hospitals can be hot spots for infections and can sometimes amplify spread,” says Tom Frieden, M.D., director of the CDC. “Patients with serious infections are near sick and vulnerable patients—all cared for by the same health care workers sometimes using shared equipment.” (Consumer Reports: America’s Antibiotic Crisis)
Declines in inpatient hospital stays has been a growing trend over the last decade. Advances in minimally invasive surgical techniques have helped drive an increase in outpatient procedures, with a steady increase of these being performed in ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs). ASCs provide high quality outpatient surgical and preventive care similar to a hospital outpatient department (HOPD), but at a much lower cost to patients and the Medicare program.
ASC Safety Is Monitored By Federal/State Agencies, Associations, and A Quality Consortium
ASCs are regulated by federal and state entities. The safety and quality of care offered in ASCs is evaluated by independent observers through state licensure, Medicare certification and voluntary accreditation.
Patients trying to decide whether or not to have a procedure at an ASC or an outpatient procedure in a hospital can refer to safety numbers from various sources that have been tracking these facilities for the last 30 years. Concerns about whether an ASC is equipped to handle a patient in crisis, their infection rates, and other safety measure are monitored by Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, ASC Quality Collaboration, and Medicare.
Accreditation and certifications are required for these facilities to operate. Each ASC must meet safety thresholds in order to pass inspections, and these are performed rigorously.
Outpatient Minimally Invasive Procedures Drive Costs Down
From ASCA’s Campaign for Advancing Surgical Care, ASCs: A Positive Trend in Health Care
“The ASC health care delivery model enhances patient care by allowing physicians to:
Focus exclusively on a small number of processes in a single setting, rather than having to rely on a hospital setting that has large-scale demands for space, resources and the attention of management.
Intensify quality control processes since ASCs are focused on a smaller space and a small number of operating rooms.
Allow patients the ability to bring concerns directly to the physician operator, who has direct knowledge about each patient’s case, rather than deal with hospital administrators, who almost never have detailed knowledge about individual patients or their experiences.
Physician ownership also helps reduce frustrating wait-times for patients and allows for maximum specialization and patient–doctor interaction. Unlike large-scale institutions, ASCs:
Provide responsive, non-bureaucratic environments tailored to each individual patient’s needs.
Exercise better control over scheduling, so virtually no procedures are delayed or rescheduled due to the kinds of institutional demands that often occur in hospitals such as unforeseen emergency room demands.
Allow physicians to personally guide innovative strategies for governance, leadership and most importantly, quality improvement.
As a result, patients say they have a 92% satisfaction rate with both the care and service they receive from ASCs . Safe and high quality service, ease of scheduling, greater personal attention and lower costs are among the main reasons cited for the growing popularity of ASCs.”
CIGC Only Performs Minimally Invasive GYN Procedures In Outpatient Settings
At The Center for Innovative GYN Care, all of our procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, either at a state-of-the-art ASC or at a hospital depending on each patient’s specific needs. Every CIGC patient is provided individualized care and attention by our fellowship trained minimally invasive GYN specialists, Dr. Paul MacKoul, MD and Dr. Natalya Danilyants, MD.
“All we do is minimally invasive GYN surgery,” said Dr. MacKoul “Our focus allows us to provide the highest level of skill to each patient. When it comes to performing GYN surgery, women need to look for outpatient options, and seek a second opinion. Too many doctors are recommending surgery that would be performed as open or robotic procedures. These require a hospital stay and have lengthy recoveries; they are more expensive, and they offer no benefit to the patient. CIGC specialists provide advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures in an outpatient setting so that patients can have the best possible option for their condition. They return to their own homes the same day with much less pain, and eliminate the need for a hospital stay and all of the negatives associated with that.”
Recover From Minimally Invasive GYN Surgery In The Comfort Of Your Own Home
Advanced techniques DualPortGYN and LAAM were developed by the minimally invasive GYN specialists at CIGC to take advantage of specialized techniques that help to control blood loss and map the pelvic cavity. Procedures like a hysterectomy, endometriosis excision (or resection), resection of pelvic adhesions or ovarian cystectomy can be performed using just 2 small incisions no larger than a paper cut. Fibroid removal surgery is performed using one 5MM incision at the belly button and one inch and a half incision at the bikini line.
For both of these techniques, patients experience less pain than other more invasive procedures, and after returning home the same day as surgery, they are often able to go back to work in 2 weeks or less.
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GYN surgical specialists can often see women sooner because they are focused entirely on surgery. Each patient gets detailed, in depth attention from Dr. Natalya Danilyants and Dr. Paul MacKoul. This personalized care helps patients understand their condition and the recommended treatment so that they can have confidence from the very start. Our surgeons have performed over 20,000 GYN procedures and are constantly finding better ways to improve outcomes for patients.
CIGC TRAVEL PROGRAM
Even if you are not from the DC area, many patients travel to The Center for Innovative GYN Care for our groundbreaking procedures. We treat women from around the world who suffer from complex GYN conditions.
Learn more in our travel program.