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ASC Overview

How long have outpatient surgery centers been in existance?

The first ASC opened in 1970.  Today about 20 million surgeries are performed each year in the more than 5,000 surgery centers across the United States.


What are Ambulatory Surgery Centers?

Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) are facilities where surgeries that do not require hospital admission are performed.  They provide a cost-effective and convenient environment that may be less stressful than what many hopitals offer.  Particular ASCs may perform surgeries in a variety of specialties or dedicate their services to one specialty such as eye care.  Patients who elect surgery in an ASC arrive on the day of the procedure, have the surgery in an operatoring room, and recover under the care of the nursing staff, all without a hospital admission.


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