Dr. Shah Featured in Chicago Health Article: Outpatient Surgery

When faced with an upcoming surgery, you might be presented with an unexpected option: Do you want to have your surgery in the hospital or in an ambulatory surgery center (ASC), a fully licensed facility that performs surgeries on an outpatient basis?

For some procedures, both the costs and the risks may be lower at an ambulatory care center.

In 1970, the nation’s first freestanding ambulatory care center opened, and today there are more than 5,400 Medicare-certified ASCs throughout the United States, according to the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association(ASCA). Illinois was a late adopter, but there are now 122 Medicare-certified ASCs in the state, performing more than 400,000 surgeries a year.

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