Undergoing a surgical procedure—no matter how minor—can be nerve-racking. As patients, we want a successful, uncomplicated surgery and quick discharge home. Thankfully, outpatient surgery has never been more streamlined, thanks to the newly opened Lafayette Surgery Center.
“The Lafayette Surgery Center has been designed from the ground up with the needs of patients in mind,” explains Jebby Mathew, MBS, MHA, Director of Operations for the Lafayette Surgery Center. “Patients in Lafayette and surrounding communities no longer need to go to a hospital for same-day elective surgery. It is a tremendous benefit to the community.”
Some benefits include:
As an ambulatory surgery center, the Lafayette Surgery Center provides outpatient surgeries for low-risk, nonemergency patients. The fully accredited center, which is located on the Good Samaritan Medical Center campus, offers procedures in:
• General surgery
• Otolaryngology/ear, nose and throat (ENT)
• Plastic surgery
Matthew Dull, MD, general and trauma surgeon for SCL Health, performs surgeries both at Good Samaritan Medical Center and at the Lafayette Surgery Center. He uses the Surgery Center for planned outpatient procedures such as hernia repair and gall bladder removal.
“It’s nice to have the option to bring appropriate patients to the Surgery Center,” Dr. Dull says. “Patients receive the same procedure by the same surgeon with the same equipment but do so without the associated costs and risks of being in the hospital.”
“We are so proud of the surgical teams we’ve put together,” Mathew says. “They are absolutely top notch, spectacular.”
Because patients of the Lafayette Surgery Center are otherwise healthy patients, risk of infection and complications are extremely low. The Surgery Center has also implemented strict safety protocols, which gives peace of mind to patients amid COVID-19 concerns.
“Every single person who comes into this facility has a COVID-19 test. We are extremely protected,” Mathew says. “Our staff does not take a day, a minute off. We remain constantly attentive to the safety of our patients.”
While families cannot currently wait inside the Surgery Center due to virus concerns, the staff keeps families updated on their loved one’s progress via real-time text messages.
“We can’t wait to open our beautiful, state-of-the-art facility to visitors as soon as we are able,” Mathew says. “We have designed a comfortable space for visitors with ample amenities while they are waiting.”
The operational costs of hospitals are much higher than ambulatory surgery centers. As a result, patients who have surgery at the Lafayette Surgery Center incur significantly lower copays and out-of-pocket costs compared with procedures performed in the hospital.
“Even insurance companies understand how much more efficient outpatient procedures are in ambulatory centers. As a result, they often require surgeons to perform appropriate procedures in a center if possible, because of their high quality of care and cost-effectiveness,” explains Michael King, MD, an otolaryngology surgeon who performs procedures, such as tonsillectomies, at the Surgery Center.
Because the Lafayette Surgery Center specializes only in outpatient surgery, the entire surgical process is streamlined. Patients enjoy comprehensive preoperative preparation and education. And they are taken through the surgical process by trained staff every step of the way.
“A surgery center is by far the most efficient way to perform outpatient surgery. It’s the ideal setting for both the surgeon and patient,” Dr. King says. “The surgical community has been waiting for this a long time and we are thrilled that it’s available for our patients.”
The numerous patient benefits, quality care and compassionate attention to detail has impressed patients of the facility since opening earlier this year.
“Our patient satisfaction feedback has been amazing,” Mathew says. “We love what we do, and it shows.”
Learn more about our new ambulatory surgery center at lafayettesurgerycenter.com.