Ear Nose and Throat

Outpatient surgery: What to expect

Advances in medical technology, especially in minimally invasive surgeries, allow your ENT to provide high-quality care in an outpatient setting. Riverside outpatient or ambulatory facilities are conveniently situated throughout the area. Best of all, you may be released and on your way home within hours of your procedure.

Your procedure

Your Riverside surgeon and staff will be happy to explain your particular procedure and what you should expect. Don't hesitate to ask questions. The Riverside Nurse service is also a good resource for information about surgery preparation and recovery. They can be reached at 757-595-6363 or 1-800-675-6368.

Check your medical insurance coverage

Insurance coverage is one area you don't want to worry about. Well before the surgery, contact your insurer to make sure you understand the following:

  • Need for a second opinion on your surgery
  • Hospital and health care providers' status as "in-network" or "preferred"
  • Deductibles for outpatient services

Preoperative testing

You may need to go for preoperative assessment testing before your operation or on the day of your surgery. Your doctor will let you know the assessments you need. Call Riverside Central Scheduling at 757-989-8830 if you need to set up testing.

Issues to consider

  • Ask your doctor about your recovery at home. In many cases you will need to have someone stay with you for at least 24 hours.
  • Make sure you understand how long you should expect to stay at the facility.
  • You will likely need someone available to take you home. Ask your doctor's staff.
  • Make sure you understand all of the instructions for your care after leave the facility.
  • Tell your physician if you use tobacco, alcohol or other substances; this information is important because such substances can affect recovery from anesthesia and surgery.
  • Make sure you know who you should contact if you have questions or experience any problems once discharged.