FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions about surgeries and services offered at our facilities.

What is a surgery center?

An ambulatory surgery center (ASC) is also commonly known as an outpatient surgery center. ASC's are designed exclusively for outpatient surgeries and procedures and are a popular alternative to hospitalization.

Why can it be less expensive to be treated at the Surgery Center?

Procedures performed at our facilities can be less expensive for many different reasons. First, because our patients go home to recover either the same day or within 23 hours.  We do not charge the costly overhead hospitals may charge to care for sick patients over a longer period of time. Because we are owned by physician partners, Doctors are also free to be more patient-centered about your treatment and more efficient in your care without the layers of bureaucracy common in hospitals.

Our physicians also employ minimally invasive techniques that don't require large incisions and lengthy hospitalization and rehabilitation. Less tissue damage results in a shorter recovery time.

Many studies have shown that ASC's charge less for many procedures. In fact, the amount of Medicare reimbursement we collect for performing the exact same procedure on the same surgical case done in a hospital is actually 56% of the rate paid to the hospital, so our patients pay less, while we also save the federal government money.

Do I go home the same day?

For most procedures, our patients go home the same day. Every step is taken to ensure our patients and their families are prepared for the recovery at home, where patients can rest and recover in familiar surroundings.

What doctors practice at the surgery center and endoscopy center?

We features a number of surgeons and specialists who have privileges to perform procedures at the facility. In fact, most of these physicians also practice at area hospitals.  Review our physician directory for a complete list of practices and providers.

How do I request a copy of my medical record?

You may call the facility directly at 563-344-6600 or complete the Medical Record Release Form and mail it to the surgery center, Attn: Medical Records at 3400 Dexter Court, Suite 200, Davenport, IA 52807.

Where are your facilities located?

The Mississippi Valley Surgery Center is conveniently located off I-74 in Davenport, Iowa. From I-74, exit at 53rd Street and head west. Turn left at Elmore Avenue and continue south to Dexter Court. Turn left at Dexter Court by Best Buy and follow the drive to the Surgery Center. The Surgery Center is located in Pavilion 1.

The Mississippi Valley Endoscopy Center facility is also near I-74. From I-74, exit a 53rd Street and head east. Turn right at Utica Ridge Road and continue south to the entrance of Coventry Place. Turn left at Coventry Place and follow the drive to the Endoscopy facility.

For maps and more precise, turn-by-turn directions, please visit our Directions page

Why do I have to arrive early for my procedure?

Please arrive at your designated arrival time (according to your reminder call).  The operating room is a very dynamic place and the schedule can either speed up or slow down depending on the day.  We ask that you arrive at the surgery center at the designated time because if your surgeon gets ahead of schedule, we can get you in sooner.  Please be aware that sometimes the opposite occurs and you may have to wait a little longer.  We will be sure to keep you updated throughout the process as to your expected time of procedure.

How long will I be at the Surgery Center?

You are asked to arrive one to two hours prior to your anticipated procedure time.  Depending on your procedure and anesthesia administered, you may require one to two hours of recovery time as well.  Most procedures are done within one hour, giving your possible total time spent at the surgery center of about 5 hours.

How will I feel after my procedure? Will I have much pain?

Unfortunatley you will have some discomfort.  We will manage your discomfort the best that we can.  You will be asked to hep us by using a pain scale between 0-10 (0 being no pain and 10 being severe pain).  In most cases the physician will order medication for pain to be take at home after discharge.

When can I go back to work and/or school?

You will need to contact your physician's office to determine any leave of absence requirements.

How do I get my FMLA or disability paperwork filled out?

FMLA, workers compensation or disability paperwork must be filled out by your physician through their office.  The surgery center or endoscopy center are not able to complete this for you.

 

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Need help finding a specialist for a particular health concern or need a second opinion? Our network of physicians and specialists cover a wide variety of practice areas – many of whom utilize the convenient and cost-effective outpatient services at our facilities.