Outpatient surgery, also known as ambulatory surgery or same-day surgery, is surgery that does not require an overnight hospital stay. The term “outpatient” arises from the fact that surgery patients may go home and do not need an overnight hospital bed. For those surgeries where the patient requests intravenous sedation to be more relaxed during the procedure, or when the surgical complexity or longer procedure time requires general anesthesia (“being put to sleep and breathed for”), the patient may choose from four area same-day surgery centers. These facilities and support staff are singularly-focused on ambulatory surgery during week-days without having to “spend the night.” These hand or wrist surgeries are almost always performed on Monday and Tuesday mornings, a driver is needed and patients are usually at the facility for just a few hours.
Outpatient surgery facilities that Dr. Gorman operates at include:
- Mountain Empire Surgery Center
- East Tennessee Ambulatory Surgery Center
- Holston Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center
- Sycamore Shoals Hospital Same-Day Surgery Center