Buffalo Surgery Center
Buffalo Surgery Center ("BSC") is Western New York’s leading ambulatory surgery center, dedicated to the surgical treatment of patients. Using world-class technology, state-of-the-art surgical equipment and a highly experienced surgical team, BSC is uniquely qualified to meet the specialized needs of our patients.
BSC is licensed by the NYS Department of Health and certified by Medicare. We are accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Achieving this certificate demonstrates BSC’s commitment to provide safe, high-quality services to patients. It is recognized as a symbol of quality by third-party payers, medical organizations and state and federal agencies. Our surgery center performs approximately 12,000 cases per year. Patient care is provided by highly skilled physicians & staff. All physicians are board certified or board eligible in their specialty.
At the Buffalo Surgery Center, you will enjoy the convenience of be being able to have your surgery or “pain management” treatments performed at the same place where you have been evaluated by one of the Excelsior Orthopaedics physicians – potentially on the same day, if necessary.
Having surgery done in an “ambulatory”(out-patient) facility like the Buffalo Surgery Center means that you can avoid the inconvenience of an overnight - possibly even longer - stay in the hospital.
The Buffalo Surgery Center has three state-of-the-art operating suites, fully equipped for arthroscopic surgery. Each suite handles multiple cases per day. Due to advancements in surgical techniques and equipment we use, you may be surprised to learn the types of surgeries that can now be performed on an outpatient basis, including repairs to a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or rotator cuff.
Of course, surgery may not be the most appropriate form of treatment for you. “Pain management” techniques may be a better alternative. If that’s the case, the Buffalo Surgery Center is still the right place for you, our staff includes physicians who are experts in the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of pain. This specialized medical field is known as “physiatry” or “rehabilitation medicine.” Through their efforts, physiatrists seek to minimize a patient’s pain while helping them regain full function.
Our caring, attentive physicians will thoroughly review and discuss your situation to determine the best form of treatment for you – surgical or non-surgical. In either case, you can be sure that your experience at the Buffalo Surgery Center will be a superior one, with the highest possible level of service, comfort and convenience. Our staff takes pride in being highly skilled, informative and always willing to go the extra mile to ensure the needs of our patients are met.
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Preparation for surgery
Clothing, Jewelry & Bathing:
- BATHE before coming to the BSC
- DO NOT use deodorant, wear makeup, nailpolish, perfume or any type of oil if you are having an upper-extremity procedure.
- Please remove jewelry (including your wedding band) before coming for surgery. Leave your jewelry, purse or other valuables at home.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing without metal (zippers, buttons), loose enough that you can pull your clothes on over the bandages.
- You may also want to bring several pillows and leave them in your vehicle to make your ride home more comfortable.
- Let us know if you wear contact lenses, hearing aids, dentures or other such things so that we may better care for you and them during surgery. Bring appropriate storage containers and solutions for contact lenses.
Arrival at Surgery Center
- The Center’s Nursing Staff will call you the day before your surgery (or on Friday, if your surgery is scheduled for Monday) to give you a time for arrival to the Buffalo Surgery Center the day of surgery. If you have not heard from us by 3:00pm the day before your surgery, please call us at 716-250-6520.
- Your surgery time may change. Occasionally, a surgery takes more or less time than we expected. Therefore, it is possible your surgery may start earlier or later in the day than the time you are scheduled. If there is a change in schedule, our staff will call to advise you of this.
- On the day of surgery, park in the front lot of the Excelsior Campus and enter through the Buffalo Surgery Center entrance on the left side of the building.
- Visitors may wait in the waiting rooms. One visitor (both parents if child) may visit the patient at various times, with the patients and nurse’s approval.
- Please do not bring any more than two family members or friends with you on the day of surgery.
- Please do not bring small children to the waiting room, unless the child is the patient.
- A coffee shop/café is located within the Excelsior Medical Campus and is open to visitors for breakfast and lunch.
Post-Operative Care and Discharge
- After surgery you will be taken to the recovery area, where your progress will be closely monitored by our medical staff.
- You will remain in the recovery area until the medical staff clears you for discharge. Your time in recovery can vary depending on your progress. You should be able to take liquids and be alert for the trip home.
- A nurse will review all discharge instructions with you and the person (adult) who is accompanying you before you leave Buffalo Surgery Center.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions and notify him or her in the event of any difficulty. If you feel it is an emergency situation, please go to the nearest emergency room.
- Before discharge, you will be given a Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire. We are very interested in your evaluation of our facility and your surgical experience. We would appreciate you taking time to complete the questionnaire, as it will assist us in continuing to provide the best possible care for our patients.
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