The safety of foot and ankle procedures at an ambulatory surgery center

Peter Adamson, Wesley Peters, Cory Janney, Vinod Panchbhavi

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Background: This study evaluates the safety of foot and ankle outpatient surgeries at a freestanding ambulatory surgery centers. Methods: A total of 1352 cases were evaluated for adverse events in a retrospective review of all foot and ankle cases performed over a 5-year period at a single center. Results: The rate of adverse events was 2.3%, with 31 identified over the 5-year period (23 infections, 5 symptomatic thromboembolisms, 3 postoperative hospital transfers). Discussion: The rate of postoperative adverse events in outpatient foot and ankle procedures is low. These surgeries can be performed safely in an outpatient setting at an ASC. Level of evidence: Level IV, Case Series.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-206
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Orthopaedics
StatePublished - Sep 1 2020


  • Ambulatory surgery centers
  • Foot and ankle
  • Outpatient surgery
  • Risk
  • Safety
  • Surgical procedures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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