Ambulatory surgery centers are often for same-day surgery and other outpatient procedures. Outpatient surgery/procedures are typically provided as a practical, cost effective alternative to hospitalization. 

Common One Day Surgery Procedures/Surgeries 


  • Biopsy of skin lesions 
  • Surgical removal of melanoma (skin cancer) 
  • Dermabrasion 

ENT/Facial Plastics 

  • Surgery to relieve chronic sinus infections and nasal congestion 
  • Cosmetic or corrective surgery to the nose 
  • Cosmetic or reconstructive surgery of the ear 
  • Ear tubes to relieve chronic infections in children and some adults 
  • Removal of tonsils and adenoids 
  • Removal of polyps, nodules or small tumors from the vocal cords 
  • Cosmetic or reconstructive surgery of the face 
  • Bronchoscopy 


  • Gastroscopy or inspection of the inner surface of the stomach 
  • Colonoscopy or inspection of the inner surface of the colon 
  • Endoscopic examination of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum 
  • Sigmoidoscopy 

General Surgery 

  • Biopsy of breast lumps 
  • Laparoscopic surgery for diagnostic purposes 
  • Some hernia repair 
  • Removal of hemorrhoid tissue 
  • Removal of the gallbladder 


  • Removal of ovarian cysts 
  • Hysterectomy 
  • Cervical biopsies 


  • Replace the cloudy lens of the eye when cataracts form 
  • Ease the pressure in the eye caused by glaucoma 
  • Replace the clear window in the eye – the cornea 
  • Tighten eyelids and remove “bags” under the eyes 


  • Arthroscopic surgery of the knee 
  • Reconstruction of the main stabilizing ligament of the knee 
  • Carpal tunnel surgeries 
  • Hand surgeries 
  • Rotator cuff repair 

Plastic Surgery 

  • Liposuction to remove fat deposits 
  • Skin grafts 


  • Surgery to correct bunions 
  • Surgical removal of bone spurs 
  • Correction of “hammer toes” 


  • Some bladder surgeries 
  • Removal of kidney stones and biopsies of the urinary tract 
  • Cystoscopy 
  • Prostate biopsies