Ambulatory Surgery

An ambulatory surgery center (also known as an outpatient surgery center, same-day surgery center or surgicenter) is a licensed, freestanding, outpatient health care facility where surgical procedures not requiring an overnight hospital stay are performed.

At Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center, Solutions In Sight Laser and Surgery Suite (owned and operated by FSN Eye Center) is one of only two AAAHC Accredited Office-Based Ophthalmic Surgery Suites in the State of Illinois. Since it opened its doors in 2008, Fisher-Swale-Nicholson has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes this office-based surgery suite from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

Status as an accredited organization means Solutions In Sight Laser Surgery Suite which provides elective, refractive eye procedures to the public, has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. It’s important to note, not all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation and not all that undergo the rigorous on-site survey process are granted accreditation.

Dr. Swale

Our goal at Solutions in Sight Laser and Surgery Suite is for patients to receive extraordinary care in a comfortable and safe environment, and being accredited by AAAHC reflects our commitment to achieving this goal. It’s easy to say that we are committed to the highest standard of quality, but to work through the intense processes of accreditation successfully serves to prove we walk our talk.

Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by AAAHC expert surveyors, physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care. The survey is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services. Maintaining our accreditation status is definitely a priority and we plan to continue to do so in the future.

Solutions In Sight Laser and Surgery Suite, founded in July of 2008 and located inside of the Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center, offers the latest technologies for the reduction or elimination of dependence on eyeglasses and contacts, such as CustomVue Lasik, PRK, and Visian ICL.

Contact Us

To learn more about the refractive eye procedures offered at Solutions in Sight, call (815) 932-2020.

Ambulatory Surgery FAQs

Some of the benefits of an ambulatory surgery center include:

  • Lower Infection Rates (reduced risk of hospital-acquired infections)
  • Shorter procedure times than in a hospital
  • Reduced stress (less time off work or away from family)
  • Shorter Stay
  • Recovery at Home
  • Lower Costs
  • Personalized Care
  • Better Outcomes

In addition to lowering out-of-pocket costs, the biggest benefit a patient will experience is a shorter length of stay. Patients are typically released from an ambulatory surgery center to their home in the first 4 to 6 hours after surgery rather than the traditional hospital stay of 2 to 3 days. In addition, shorter-acting anesthesia is used when the patient is in surgery which allows for an easier recovery.

The main difference between inpatient care at a hospital versus outpatient care at an ambulatory surgery center is that for inpatient care you stay the night in the hospital. Hospitals are also open 24/7 whereas an ambulatory surgery center is only open during business hours (e.g., 6:30 am to 4:30 pm).

For many eye procedures, outpatient surgery can be a safe and less stressful experience than inpatient surgery. Overall, ambulatory surgery centers are very safe with a low frequency of complications.

Our doctors at FSN Eye center will tell you whether or not you are a good candidate for outpatient surgery, but it may be considered very safe for you if you are:

  • In overall good health
  • Not obese
  • Age 65 or younger
  • Having a minimally invasive or low-risk procedure

You would not be a candidate for outpatient surgery if you are over age 65 and are considered overweight or obese or you have

  • Obstructive lung disease
  • Hypertension
  • History of heart attack or stroke
  • Previous cardiac intervention
  • History of prolonged operating room time during past surgeries

Part B of Medicare covers outpatient surgery if medically necessary. Talk to your healthcare provider to see if he or she thinks Medicare will judge the surgery to be necessary.

Rules about what Medicare covers can be confusing. For more information call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or visit the website at You can also call your local Social Security office to ask questions about Medicare.

The surgical procedures performed at an ambulatory surgery center are lower-risk procedures like CustomVue Lasik, PRK, and Visian ICL. procedures. The specific training our doctors maintain in minimally invasive technologies has made it possible to move these surgical treatments out of hospitals and into more convenient and cost-effective outpatient facilities.

Over the past several years, we have seen many changes occur that brought us to the point that outpatient surgery is possible:

  • Advancements in surgical techniques–Incisions are smaller, reducing the likelihood of infection and pain
  • Improvements in anesthesia allow for rapid recovery and a shorter length of stay
  • Improvements in post-procedure pain management techniques with new longer-lasting local anesthetics and a pharmaceutical approach to limit the use of opioids
  • Improvements in the patient and family education, preparation and follow-up

Outpatient surgery is recommended for select patients who are healthy enough to have surgery in such a setting and have the appropriate home setting/support to allow them to be discharged in this manner.