An outpatient procedure is a surgery or other medical procedure that allows the patient to arrive and leave the facility on the same day instead of staying in the hospital during recovery. The length of the procedure may range from a few minutes to a few hours, but in any case, the patient is able to return home after the procedure is over.
Other common names for outpatient procedures include ambulatory, same-day, or office-based procedures.
In most cases, an outpatient procedure is not for a medical emergency. Some examples of outpatient procedures include: