Ambulatory


When we talk about outpatient clinics, these can be rural or urban buildings according to the number of inhabitants of the population where they are located, at a higher level of complexity they are outpatient and can consist of various medical specialties as well as the possibility of carry out procedures and diagnostic studies.

The word ambulatory is used in medicine to refer both to a level of primary health care and to the nature of a procedure that does not require the patient to remain hospitalized or confined to carry it out.

The most common use of the term has its application in the field of medicine and health, to name the treatment or illness that does not require being in bed (and, therefore, allows the patient to continue walking).

In a similar vein, outpatient treatment does not require admission. The patient can go to the health center, carry out the corresponding treatment session and return home. Another option is for the doctor to come to your home to carry out the necessary check-ups, which are only carried out in private medicine or in very specific cases.

One of the advantages of outpatient treatments is that they do not require patients to change their environment, allowing them to continue with their normal work, academic and social activities. Although not all disorders can be overcome in this way, medical centers generally avoid hospitalization whenever possible.

Ambulatory surgery, in this service, the patient is operated on and is discharged the same day. You have the advantage of recovering in a comfortable and familiar environment since it is your home. It should be noted that the surgeries performed are minor, so to speak, since a major surgery such as amputation of a leg requires hospital care.

Today it is also possible that after treatment procedures such as some surgeries and after a short period of observation and recovery from anesthesia the patient can be discharged the same day, this has been possible through the development of surgical techniques laparoscopic in which through minimal incisions and support with video and fiber optic equipment, at least in passive procedures, as in the case of arthroscopy of various joints, gynecological surgery for sterilization, resection of cysts and fibroids, as well as treatment of endometriosis; abdominal surgery also benefits from these procedures, especially in the case of gallbladder surgery or cholecystectomy, as well as in the treatment of appendicitis with appendectomy.