Outpatient Surgery

  • Thanks to advances in medicine, many surgical procedures do not require a hospital stay. If you are scheduled for “outpatient” surgery, you will recover at the hospital or surgical center after your procedure, but you will not be admitted to the hospital overnight. At Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC), we offer the following outpatient surgical services.

    Ambulatory Care
    The ambulatory care unit at MUMC is an extended recovery area for patients who need medical care and supervision for up to 23 hours after surgery, but do not require hospital admission. Patients may need to stay in the ambulatory care unit after cardiac catheterization, arteriogram, myelogram, certain ENT surgeries, laparoscopic procedures, and orthopaedic surgeries. The team in ambulatory care is certified in a wide range of specialties, including medical/surgical care, chemotherapy administration, and advanced cardiac life support. The number for ambulatory care is 912-350-8780.

    Gastrointestinal Diagnostic Unit
    The gastrointestinal diagnostic unit (GIDU) cares for both outpatients and inpatients. The unit conducts pre-procedure testing and preparation as well as care before and after the procedure. The team in GIDU includes specially trained nurses, endoscopy technicians, and anesthesia professionals. Patients are referred to the GIDU for a wide range of procedures, including esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), esophageal and colonic dilatation, ablation of Barrett’s esophagus, endoscopic ultrasound, endoscopic retrograde cholecysto pancreatography (ERCP), percutaneous feeding tube placement (PEG), colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, esophageal manometry, pH studies, paracentesis, bronchoscopy, and pain management procedures. The number for GIDU is 912-350-8184.

    Day Surgery
    The Day Surgery Center at MUMC has 20 adult beds and five pediatric rooms. Patients come to Day Surgery for a wide variety of open and laparoscopic surgery procedures. Within Day Surgery, patients undergo pre-surgical testing, surgical preparation, the surgical procedure itself, and post-surgery assessment and discharge. Our Day Surgery team includes expert surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, technicians, a child life specialist who supports pediatric patients, a representative from our patient and family centered care department, and valets who help patients park their cars. Day Surgery is open from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. The number for Day Surgery is 912-350-8959.

    Paulsen Street Surgery Center
    The Paulsen Street Surgery Center is located a few blocks from the main MUMC campus, at 4425 Paulsen Street. It has four operating rooms for a variety of outpatient surgical procedures, including orthopaedic, plastic, dental, ENT, podiatry, gynecologic, and general surgery procedures. The Paulsen Street Surgery Center team includes surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses. The facility is open from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The number for Paulsen Street Surgery Center is 912-350-2820.