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Frequently Asked Questions

What if I need extra care during or after surgery?

A surgical unit attached to a full-service hospital has immediate access to an intensive care unit, emergency personnel and a variety of specialists that can address complications that may arise during surgery.  Freestanding surgery hospitals or surgery units at physicians’ clinics typically do not.

Who will be watching my vital signs?

Freestanding surgery hospitals generally employ nurse-anesthetists (CRNA’s).  Hospital generally employ physician anesthesiologists (medical doctors specializing in anesthesia.)

Is the surgical facility accredited or just certified?

Unlike mandatory certification, voluntary accreditation by JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) is for more comprehensive, ensuring adherence to the safest possible policies and procedures.

Does the facility have access to the latest technology?

Full-service, not-for-profit hospitals are often able to reinvest income in leading edge technologies, such as high-tech Endosuites that allow health care professionals to focus entirely on patient needs.

Are rehabilitation programs available on-site?

When you have surgery at a hospital, post-op rehabilitation programs are often available on-site.

How many times has the facility performed the procedure in the past year?

Facilities that perform a particular procedure on a routine basis may experience better outcomes.

Are there private pre- and post-op rooms?  Is the facility clean?

Before deciding on a facility, you may want to visit to get an idea of what it offers in terms of privacy, cleanliness and comfort.

What is the physicians’ experience in doing this operation?

Ask questions!  Ask your surgeon about his or her history with the procedure or ask your regular primary care doctor for input about your surgeon’s qualifications.

Where you have surgery is your choice.  Make sure you choose the best. Surgery at Avera.  There is a difference.