The Department of Ophthalmology is pleased to announce the addition of the KU Eye Surgery and Laser Center, LLC., now known as the University of Kansas Hospital - Specialty Surgery. In April 2014, we celebrated the grand opening of this ambulatory surgery center (ASC), which features two outpatient operating rooms - with the potential to open a third - as well as eight pre-operative and recovery bays. (Click here to link to the original article.)
Having this onsite ASC is a major step for convenience, creating an alternative for healthy adults (18 years and old) for procedures, such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal, cornea, oculoplastics, neuro-ophthalmology, and similar procedures. This new facility allows for additional operating time and space for the growing faculty at KU Eye. The department's eight surgeons performed 1,611 surgeries last year, which is an increaese of 40% in total surgeries done in 2014. While some KU Eye procedures will continue to be performed at the main campus and KU MedWest, the majority are now done in the ASC, which has the capacity for 2,500 a year.
Because the center is geared to single-specialty outpatient procedures, surgery costs are lower, staff specializes in ophthalmic surgeries and patient prep and discharge is faster. They now will spend as little as 90 minutes at KU Eye for a 20-minute surgery; at the main campus, it was at least four hours total. No longer limited by block surgery time on the main campus, there is much greater flexibility in when cases can be scheduled.
Main number: 913-588-2020
Linda Riesmeyer, RN, Interim Director, The University of Kansas Specialty Surgery, 913-574-1080
Sarah Adams, Surgery Scheduling, 913-588-6684
Pictured above is Professor and Luther and Ardis Fry Chairman John Sutphin, MD, who has made having an ASC a priority since becoming chair in 2006, with Abby Strickland, Senior Department Administrator.