Ambulatory Research Centers
What is an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC)?
Ambulatory Surgery Centers—known as ASCs—are modern health care facilities focused on providing same-day surgical care, including diagnostic and preventive procedures.
ASCs have transformed the outpatient experience for millions of Americans by providing them with a more convenient alternative to hospital-based outpatient procedures—and done so with a strong track record of quality care and positive patient outcomes.
The name “elective” might imply that this type of surgery is optional, but that’s not always the case. An elective procedure is simply one that is planned in advance, rather than one that’s done in an emergency situation.
A wide range of surgical procedures can be considered elective. Cosmetic surgeries fall into this category, but so can things like ear tubes, tonsillectomies, and scoliosis surgery. Although these procedures may be done “electively,” they can be significant and potentially life-changing operations.
Source: Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, http://www.ascassociation.org/home