Are there some surgeries that absolutely must be in a hospital setting versus a surgical or ambulatory facility?
Great question. There are very few surgeries that MUST be in a hospital. One of those surgeries is a mastectomy and reconstruction procedure. I showed pictures of this at the conference and one is below as well. These patients usually stay in the hospital for around 23 hours or so. Some breast reduction patients also may stay in the hospital, though this is becoming more rare. Large panniculectomy procedures (removal of tissue from the abdomen after massive weight loss) are another group of surgeries that do best in the hospital overnight. The reasons to stay overnight are bleeding and pain control.
Our tummy tuck patients spend the night in our surgical facility, which is fully equipped as a hospital, and they are accompanied by their own private overnight nurse. There are VERY FEW plastic surgeons who do this, but as I have said before: SAFETY FIRST, beauty second. This patient had a hernia repair and tummy tuck at the same time without going into the hospital...