Questions for Citizens to Ask Their Surgical Care Team Before Having Surgery in a Doctor’s Office

FSA wants you to be informed before you have surgery in an office setting. Here are some questions that will help you make the right decision.

Is the office accredited?
 
The Florida Board of Medicine/State of Florida requires that a physician’s office be inspected and accredited.
Is the surgeon board certified and credentialed to perform same or similar procedures at a local hospital?
 
This is significant because it assures you that the surgeon has been reviewed by his/her peers.
Is the person administering the anesthesia board certified?
 
This is significant for the same reasons as above. It also means that the anesthesia provider has had the required amount of experience, with no adverse incidents.
Will current anesthesia monitors and machines be used during the anesthetic?
 
The anesthesiologist not only ensures that the most up to date equipment is available, but that it is functioning properly. The anesthesiologist has the most training with the most advanced equipment.
Is the necessary resuscitative equipment available in the event of a serious complication?
 
The anesthesiologist can ensure this, as well as a surgeon whose office has been inspected and accredited.
What hospital will I be admitted to in the event of a complication?
 
It is important that the hospital is reasonably close to the office in which your surgery takes place, and that it is a major hospital.
Who is ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certified in the office?
 
The surgeon and one nurse should be ACLS certified.
Who is responsible for determining when I am sent home?
 
The anesthesiologist’s responsibility is to oversee the patient before, during and after surgery. The presence of the anesthesiologist ensures that your recovery is as smooth a process as possible and that you go home only when it is safe to do so.