Choosing where to have your surgery is just as important as who your surgeon is and what procedure you're undergoing.
The five things to keep in mind are: facility privileges of your surgeon, where your insurance reimburses the most, lowest infection rates, highest volume of the procedure you are undergoing, and Joint Commission Accreditation.
The location of where your surgeon has privileges is important because that dictates where you may undergo your surgery or operation. Sometimes, surgeons practice in both inpatient and outpatient facilities. The quality and training of the staff at these locations can vary. Be sure to investigate with a simple Google search!
How much a your insurance pays for the surgery or procedure will impact how much, you as a patient, will have to pay. It is important to find out as much as you can about the facility, the surgeon, and anesthesiologist in terms of whether they are in-network or out-of-network, to reduce the chances of a "surprise bill"!
Lowest infection rates mean that the staff do their best to prevent hospital or surgery center acquired infections. They do this through wearing special clothing, washing their hands frequently, and utilizing sterile techniques when performing any invasive procedure, from inserting the IV to the actual operation itself.
A hospital or surgery center that performs a high volume of the procedure means that the staff are intimately familiar with how to best care for a patient, you. The experience that the surgeon, anesthesiologist, and nursing staff is invaluable, as research has shown that facilities which perform higher volumes of specific operations have better outcomes!
The Joint Commission Accreditation is a sign of quality for a surgery center or hospital. The most important thing to know about this is that the lack of accreditation is a Red Flag!