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Department of Surgical Services
Kent Hospital
455 Toll Gate Road
Warwick, RI 02886
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Just being home – in your favorite chair, with a snuggly blanket and your own remote control – can help you feel better. That's part of the benefit of ambulatory surgery - you can go in for a procedure and, barring any complications, you go home in the same day.

At the 60,000-square foot Ambulatory Surgery Center at Kent Hospital, the patient experience for ambulatory surgery is much more comfortable than the inpatient process. The patient can also return home within a few hours of arriving at the hospital to return to the comforts of their home and family.

Kent surgeons perform about 19,000 procedures a year, most of which are outpatient. The Ambulatory Surgery Center at Kent handles mostly orthopedic surgeries. Other outpatient surgery is performed in the areas of obstetrics/gynecology, urology, gastrointestinal health, ear/nose/throat, podiatry and plastic surgery.

Homeward Bound

Ambulatory surgery is generally shorter and requires less anesthesia than procedures requiring a hospital stay afterward. Within one or two hours of the surgery, most patients are awake and comfortable enough to go home.

Clinical staff makes sure the patient and caregivers are prepared to go home, teaching them the care that will need to be done and explaining pain management techniques if necessary.

The responsibilities of the caregivers and patient once at home vary depending on the type of surgery. They must follow the surgeon's simple instructions and call if they have any questions or concerns. It usually involves simple jobs like removing a bandage, elevating a wrist, or taking off a sling on a set schedule.

Pain is usually managed at home several different ways, including:

  • Pain medication.
  • Ice.
  • Positioning.
  • Activity modification.
  • Anti-inflammatories and antispasmodics.

Following a well-designed program from the surgeon usually means the pain will be well controlled without much additional work from the patient and the patient's family.

Staff with the Ambulatory Surgery Center also follows up with each patient to check his or her status and to review the basics of home care.