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When can I go home after outpatient surgery?

Going home after ambulatory (or outpatient) surgery will depend on the policy of the surgery center, the surgery type and the anesthesia used. Most patients are ready to go home between one and four hours later. Ask your anesthesiologist for a more specific time estimate. Occasionally, it is necessary to stay overnight. All ambulatory surgical facilities can make arrangements with a hospital.

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