Once upon a time, having surgery might have meant a few days spent in the hospital. You might have needed to pack an overnight bag, make arrangements for childcare, or take multiple days off of work.
For many people getting surgery today, this is no longer the case. In 2020, 64% of surgeries done in the US were outpatient surgeries. Shorter hospital stays mean you can get back to your life quicker — while still receiving the highest level of care.
What is Outpatient Surgery?
Also called ambulatory, office-based, or same-day surgery, outpatient surgery is any surgery that does not require an overnight hospital stay.
Surgery can be overwhelming, but it is often both necessary and helpful. At South Shore, we offer a range of same-day surgery services that allow you to spend less time in the hospital and more time healing, living, and thriving.
Complete primary care services, from routine check-ups and preventive care at five affiliated neighborhood clinics and affiliated physicians.
Excellent and personable physicians, nurses, and professional staff. Transportation Services for seniors and disabled patients at affiliated clinics and the hospital.
Outpatient Surgeries Offered At SSH
Get your same-day foot surgeries.
Gynecological (GYNE) Surgery
Outpatient surgeries include hysterectomies (removal of the uterus) and laparoscopic surgeries (for endometriosis).
Scopes and Screenings
Get your routine scopes and screenings.
South Shore Hospital also conducts a range of inpatient surgeries requiring an overnight stay. For more information about inpatient surgery, speak to your physician or call 773-356-5224.
Why Choose South Shore Hospital For Your Surgery
South Shore Hospital is a convenient, expert medical option located right in your community.
Our South Shore team is committed to your health, wellness, and comfort. We are here to help you feel and be your best — and to put your mind at ease.
We believe that getting the care you need should be easy — and that you should be able to access high-quality care in your own neighborhood.
Pre-Admission Testing and Surgical Registration
Registration for pre-admission testing and outpatient surgical procedures in Same-Day Surgery are conducted in the Admitting Department.
Pre-Admission testing appointments start at 8 a.m. and registration for surgery starts at 6 a.m. Please call the hospital 24 hours prior to arrival in order to confirm that everything is in order.
How To Prepare For Surgery
If you have questions about preparing for surgery, we are here to put your mind at ease. At South Shore, our team will be by your side every step of the way. We’re here to guide you through the pre-surgery, surgery, and recovery process.
Here are a few commonly asked questions about preparing for your upcoming surgery.
What Should I Do Before My Surgery?
- Attend any pre-surgery appointments or tests with your physician. These appointments allow your care team to have as much information available as possible before your surgery.
- Ask questions. The South Shore team is here to make you feel comfortable and informed. If you have any questions about your upcoming procedure, the best thing you can do is ask.
- Ensure you have transportation. Make sure you have a ride to get to your surgery. Ask a friend or family member if they can drive you to and from your surgery — if you are having a hard time with transportation, please let your physician know so they can connect you with any available resources.
What Should I Do The Day Of My Surgery?
- Try to get a good night’s sleep. It can be tough to get a good night’s sleep if you are nervous about an upcoming surgery. Make yourself comfortable by following your typical bedtime routine, turning off the screens, and getting cozy.
- Follow any pre-surgery diet or guidelines from your physician. This might include things like taking certain medicines or not eating or drinking before your surgery.
- Mentally prepare. You may be nervous about your surgery, but it can be very helpful to take some time to relax and try to get in a good headspace. Even if it’s taking just a minute to do some deep breathing or listening to your favorite song on the drive over, these small moments can help calm your nerves.
- Wear comfortable clothing. After your surgery, you may have bandages covering where your surgery was done. Your body might also feel especially sore. Wearing loose-fitting comfy clothes can help you feel more comfortable as you make the transition home.
What Should I Bring On The Day Of My Surgery?
On the day of your surgery, you will want to bring the following information with you:
- Insurance cards: Commercial insurance, Medicare, Public Aid
- Identification card: Drivers license, state ID, or passport
- Physician Orders signed by your doctor for Admission or testing
- Authorization or Referral forms required by your insurance plan for testing
- Workmen’s Compensation or Third-Party Liability Information (car accidents, lawsuits, etc.)
Where Do I Go For My Surgery?
Outpatient surgeries are conducted right here at South Shore Hospital, located at 8012 South Crandon Ave. Chicago, IL 60617.
Surgery is located on the second floor.
How Do I Plan For Recovery?
- Understand your recovery time. Different types of surgery will mean a different amount of time needed to recover. This might impact how much time you take off from work, when you schedule your surgery, or what kind of help you need after. Talk to your doctor to fully understand your needs and options.
- Arrange for transportation. It is possible you may undergo anesthesia (a medical treatment that will stop you from feeling pain) during your surgery. You cannot drive for at least 24 hours following anesthesia, so you need to make sure someone can drop you off and pick you back up after surgery. If you are unable to find a reliable ride to and from your surgery, talk to your physician and they will connect you with available resources.
- Arrange for someone to hang out with you after. Following surgery, you may feel discomfort, soreness, or drowsiness. It’s a good idea to have someone stay with you following outpatient surgery to help monitor any potential side effects and help you with day-to-day tasks.
What Is South Shore’s COVID Policy?
Our number one priority at South Shore Hospital is to keep you and your family healthy. Right now, this means surgery policies that are mindful of the COVID-19 pandemic and the safety of all of our patients and South Shore staff.
Our COVID-19 and surgery policy states that no visitors are allowed at this time. We thank everyone for following these guidelines and for your continued support of South Shore Hospital.