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Study: Surgery performed in doctor's office has higher risk

South Florida Sun-Sentinel, March 31, 2008
While an increasing number of doctors perform surgery in their offices instead of hospitals, researchers have found a higher risk of death and complications in offices compared with other facilities. However, many health leaders, doctors, insurers and patients support office surgery, because the setting is convenient and more private. It also allows physicians to control the schedule and use their own staff. There's less risk of infections spread by sick hospital patients as well. In addition, patients may save hundreds or thousands compared with outpatient surgical centers and hospitals.