Archive | January 3, 2014

Same Day/Next Day Surgery Puts Patients “Back in the Saddle” Quickly

Andrew and Donell Allen enjoy riding their horses on their Lexington County farm.

Andrew and Donell Allen enjoy riding their horses on their Lexington County farm.

Andrew and Donnell Allen love to ride their horses on their Lexington County farm. But a few bad moves during a ride in September left Andrew in serious pain.

A trip to his doctor revealed it was a hernia – with recommended surgery.

“I said, ‘Oh – no, no, no.’”

The thought of surgery terrified Andrew.

“I was a nervous wreck,” he said. “I’m 44 and I never had surgery before – except having my tonsils out in high school.”

Donnell said Andrew kept putting off the surgery.

“My husband thinks he’s He-Man,” she said. “He would have lived with it until it got much worse.”

And then it did. In October, Andrew slipped and fell at a horse show, hurting himself even more.

“The women precipitate our men going to the doctor,” Donnell said. “He kept saying, ‘It’s just sore.’ He was in denial.”

After another trip to the doctor, Andrew’s family practice physician referred him to Dr. Raymond Fryrear at Southern Surgical Group, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Dr. Fryrear told Andrew and Donnell about Lexington Medical Center’s Same Day/Next Day Surgery program. This first-in-the-Midlands program gives patients a convenient option for surgical treatment. Consultations are scheduled daily with procedures performed that afternoon or the next morning at Lexington Medical Center or the hospital’s Outpatient Surgery Center in Irmo.

Dr. Raymond Fryrear

Dr. Raymond Fryrear

Dr. Fryrear scheduled Andrew for surgery the very next day in Irmo.

“I was a nervous Nellie,” Andrew said.

The surgery began at 6:30 a.m. Andrew and Donnell were home by 11:00 a.m. And it all took place just one day after Andrew had his first visit with the surgeon.

The ease and quick nature of the process calmed Andrew’s fears and changed his perspective about having surgery in the first place.

“For anyone up for Same Day/Next Day Surgery, do it,” Andrew said. “It eliminated a lot of the downtime for anxiety to build up. I didn’t have a chance to fret about it.”

Donnell called the experience efficient, quick and convenient.

“You can have surgery done lickety split right there at Lexington Medical Center in Irmo. The care was also top-notch and state-of-the-art.”

Same Day/Next Day Surgery also includes procedures for melanoma, superficial wounds, soft tissue tumors, diagnostic procedures for muscle, temporal arteries and oncology, vascular port placement, and surgeries for gallbladders, breast cancer and anorectal conditions. Other procedures may be available in Same Day/Next Day Surgery, too. Patients can talk about that with their doctor.

“Same Day/Next Day Surgery keeps a patient’s time, expenses and care at the forefront,” said Dr. Fryrear.

After surgery, there was a six week healing period. Today, Andrew feels well and he and Donnell are back to riding horses, glad to be “back in the saddle” again.

For more information on Same Day/Next Day Surgery, visit Southern Surgical Group’s website.