In the past, surgery may have meant a lengthy hospital stay to
recover. With modern medical advances, the patient now has several
options, depending on the diagnosis:
Due to advances in surgical procedures and anesthesia, many
surgeries performed today allow the patient to recover and go home on
the same day. Outpatient surgery, when appropriate, has proven to
reduce costs, reduce stress for the patient, speed up the process of
healing and reduce the time lost from work and family life. Outpatient
surgery may also be called same-day surgery, in-and-out surgery, and
Some of the more intensive surgeries still require patients to stay
overnight or longer in a hospital setting. This allows clinical staff
to monitor the patient's recovery and ensures immediate medical
attention in case of complications.
Ambulatory surgery, also called outpatient surgery, is done without
admitting the patient to the hospital. The surgery may be performed in
the outpatient section of the hospital, in an outpatient surgical
center, or in a physician's office.
Specialty surgery centers
Certain medical specialties, such as ophthalmology, may be located
in their own office settings, away from the hospital. These specialty
centers are comprehensive in their care, including offering outpatient
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Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.
Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics)
provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well
as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office
staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians.
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Track your patients' progress and communicate with Stanford providers