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Victoria Surgery is an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC). ASCs deal with patients who can be sent home several hours after their surgery, and occasionally with patients who require a stay of one night. An ASC is prohibited from keeping patients for more than one night.
Overnight stays at Victoria Surgery are arranged in advance to care for patients who require more nursing care or who don't have a responsible adult to look after them the first night.
Yes, it does. Please inquire beforehand for details.
Victoria Surgery is fully equipped to deal with most emergency situations. If something unexpected occurs, your surgeon, anesthesiologist and nurse decide if it requires transfer to the hospital. Minor complications will be handled at the clinic but the patient may be sent to the hospital by ambulance if necessary.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC is the organization that licenses all physicians in the province. It has a branch that inspects and licenses private medical and surgery centers. Standards for patient care and safety at Victoria Surgery meet or exceed those in the public hospitals.
No, we don't. The licensing body – The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC – clearly states which surgeries are permitted, and prohibits patients who have significant chronic illness. The goal is minimize patient risk at all times. Two factors that influence how risk is assessed are:
- The health of the patient: Some medical conditions may cause problems during or after the surgery.
- The type of surgery: Some procedures stress the body more, and can have a higher rate of complications.
Your surgeon and family doctor determine will initially determine if the clinic is the right place for your surgery. Once you are booked, your medical information is reviewed by the Victoria Surgery staff. The anesthesiologist may request more lab tests or information from physicians you have seen in the past. Once the necessary information has been gathered, the decision will be made as to whether your surgery can be performed safely at the clinic and you will be notified immediately.
Prior to your surgery, the anesthesiologist is happy to discuss the different options and any specific concerns you may have. The final decision is based on the type of surgery, the patient's physical and psychological needs, and the recommendation of the surgeon and anesthesiologist. Each option has its own advantages and disadvantages and may or may not be appropriate for your surgery. Some of the anesthetic options include:
Local Anesthetic: Freezing is injected and no other medications are given.
Local Anesthetic and Sedation: Freezing is injected and sedatives are given intravenously to minimize anxiety or any discomfort. The patient may doze, but will be aware that they are in an operating room.
General Anesthetic: The patient is completely unconscious and unaware of the surgery.
Please consult with your accountant to see if your receipts are eligible for your tax return.
Patients are not permitted to pay a surgeon for a consultation unless it is for cosmetic surgery. Please call the surgeon directly to arrange this.
Unless you have had a consultation with the surgeon and his or her office has sent us a booking, we are unable to provide an estimate. The amount for a surgery is based on the procedure itself, equipment needed, whether an overnight stay is required, whether an assistant is required, the length of time needed and several other considerations. Unless we have received a booking we cannot provide an estimate.