Outpatient Surgery Centers Offer Dramatically Lower Infection Risk
Dr. Tom Lyons,
Medical Director of SCA Perimeter Outpatient Surgery, Urges More
Consumer Education at Physician Leadership Conference
One main reason more
patients don’t request surgery to be performed as an outpatient
procedure is a simple lack of awareness - that it is actually possible
to have their surgery done in the outpatient setting.
“This is a travesty,”
said Dr. Thomas L. Lyons of the Center for Women’s Care & Reproductive
Surgery in Atlanta, “because the infection rate is less than one per
cent for patients who have their procedures at outpatient surgery
centers, whereas hospital infection rates usually run between 10-15 per
cent. People simply aren’t aware that outpatient surgery offers less
pain, less risk and less recovery time.”
(Surgical Care Affiliates, LLC) Physician Leadership Conference along
with the other 150 medical directors, Dr. Lyons advocates more consumer
education about the benefits of outpatient surgeries—now performed
successfully for more than 20 years.
“For example, the big
issue with joint replacement is infection,” he said. “I had my knee
replaced and was out within 23 hours, which is considered an outpatient
procedure but my procedure was done in a hospital with, therefore, a
significantly higher infection rate. Now there are surgery centers doing
outpatient joint replacement with that low infection rate.”
Dr. Lyons developed the
Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy in 1989 and has performed
hundreds as outpatient procedures since then. A large proportion of
these LS procedures have been performed at SCA Perimeter Surgery Center
Myomectomy (removal of
fibroids), pelvic floor reconstruction and more can also be performed as
outpatient procedures. In fact, virtually all benign gynecology
procedures can be done at an outpatient surgery center. Many procedures
can even be done in-office.
With 17.9 per cent of
government spending on healthcare, data demonstrate how effective and
cost-efficient outpatient procedures are today.
Affiliates, LLC, headquartered in
operates a network of 150 ambulatory surgery centers and surgical
hospitals across the country with approximately 3,700 full-time
employees and more than 2,000 physician partners. Dr. Lyons is Medical
Director of SCA Perimeter on the north side of Atlanta, GA.
The 150 surgery centers
and surgical hospitals operated by SCA focus on short-term care and
primarily provide non-emergency surgical and other procedures in several
specialties, including orthopedics, ophthalmology, gastroenterology,
pain management, otolaryngology, urology, gynecology, neurosurgery, and
others. The centers and hospitals provide the facilities, logistics and
support staff necessary for physicians to perform these procedures.
Clinical quality is a primary focus for the company. SCA recently took
the lead in creating industry-wide clinical outcomes reporting
procedures, using metrics endorsed by the National Quality Forum. All
SCA facilities pursue accreditation through the Joint Commission on the
Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the American
Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (AAASC) or the Accreditation
Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).
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