Dr. Charles Rockwood shares if rotator cuff surgery is an outpatient procedure.
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As far as I’m concerned, no that I’m sure there are places who would do that as an outpatient. The patients are having is painful. The other thing that I’ve been puzzle about is that most of the insurance company say, “Well, doctor do you have to bring the patient in the morning in surgery and then when the patients gets out of surgery, you’ve got to send them home.” I say, “Well, send the patient some place else” because I don’t deal anyway. Particularly, patients I see they come from all over the United States. I can’t see them and booked and for surgery that day. I’ll tell them my schedule. We’ll open up in two months. So therefore, go home and do this. You come in to San Antonio the night before I want to see you that afternoon where I’ll meet you, anesthesia will see you. and I want to be sure that nothing has happened if you’re bladder work alright either your urinary tract is okay. So I don’t want to take anybody to surgery unless I know kind of what they’re doing. So then I get them into the operating room and we do what we have to do and I tell the patient they go home when we say that they go wrong. I get calls from the insurance carrier and usually to ask who will wrapped up who says, doctor you’ve had the patient in the hospital one day and we’re not going pay for anything more. I said, “Good; you come down here and discharge this patient because I’m not going to discharge the patient until he’s ready.”
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