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Welcome to The Outpatient Surgery Center!

The Surgery Center at Self Memorial Hospital, LLC (TOSC) is a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgical center serving a seven county region, wherein our medical staff can perform a broad range of outpatient surgical procedures. Opened in 2001, our mission is to combine the most advanced and efficient surgical care in the highest quality, patient-friendly setting. Our ultimate goal to provide the very best patient care, is achieved by assembling the best medical staff, nurses and surgery staff to care for our patients. TOSC maintains a stringent application and credentialing process of its medical staff to ensure patients receive the highest quality care possible.

At TOSC, we believe patients should have a right to direct their healthcare, and to date, over 50,000 patients have chosen The Outpatient Surgery Center for their care and that of their family members.

The Outpatient Surgery Center offers a safe, convenient, high quality, lower cost alternative to surgical care in an inpatient hospital setting. TOSC is fully licensed by the State of South Carolina and the Federal Medicare program. We are very proud to be accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare (AAAHC), a national organization committed to promoting and assuring the highest quality in ambulatory healthcare.

Thank you for your interest in The Outpatient Surgery Center. Please explore our website and contact us if you have any questions.


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Who will provide my anesthesia services?

Anesthesia services at The Outpatient Surgery Center are provided by Anesthesiology of Greenwood (AOG). You will have a board certified/board eligible anesthesiologist caring for you throughout your stay at the surgical center. We have found that this approach provides the maximum amount of patient safety and comfort.

When will I meet my Anesthesiologist?

Your anesthesiologist will interview you prior to your surgical procedure, and ask questions about your medical history and review any pre-operative testing you had performed. Together, with your anesthesiologist and surgeon, an anesthetic plan will be developed. You should feel free to discuss any concerns you may have about your care during your visit.

What is different about Ambulatory Anesthesia?

Your anesthetic plan, discussed with you prior to surgery, is tailored specifically for you to be able to go home soon after your operation is completed. Special anesthetic techniques are used to provide a swift recovery from the effects of anesthesia.

What types of anesthesia might I receive?

  • General anesthesia - Medications will be given to you that will make you unconscious and unaware during your procedure. These medications will also provide pain relief during the procedure and the immediate post-operative period.
  • Monitored anesthesia Care (MAC) - You will be given pain medication and/or a sedative, in conjunction with a local anesthetic that numbs the area being operated on during the procedure, to keep you comfortable during surgery.
  • Regional anesthesia - Local anesthetic medications are injected into a specific place in your body. This will make the area of your body affected by surgery numb to pain. Regional anesthetics such as spinal, epidural, or an extremity block are most commonly used in surgical procedures at the surgical center. Regional anesthesia may also be used in combination with General or MAC anesthesia.
  • Local anesthesia - You remain awake, but the body part being operated on will be numb to pain.

What are the common side effects?

Mild nausea and vomiting for a day or two after surgery is not uncommon. This may be due to the anesthesia you received on the day of surgery or pain medication used post-operatively on subsequent days. It is more likely to occur if you have a history of nausea and vomiting with past surgeries, or if you are susceptible to motion sickness. If you are susceptible to post-operative nausea or have history of motion sickness, please inform your anesthesiologist. Depending on the type of anesthesia you receive, you may experience a sore throat, headache, drowsiness, muscle ache and/or fatigue for a few days after your procedure.

Will I be billed separately by the Anesthesiologist?

If you receive anesthesia, you will be billed separately by AOG for their professional services. You will be required to visit the AOG office prior to your scheduled surgery date to complete any necessary paperwork and pay any necessary fees. If you do not visit the AOG office prior to your surgery date, your surgery may be canceled. These fees are not included in the surgical center facility fees. If you have any questions regarding anesthesia charges, please call AOG at (864)227-3330.
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