Today, more than 80 percent of elective surgery at Cincinnati Children's is done in the outpatient setting. It's more convenient for you and your child, with decreased time away from home, family and work. Outpatient surgery also reduces stress and emotional disturbance to your child. There is less risk of infection, and medical care costs are lower.

The development of new and short-acting anesthetic drugs has enabled the growth in outpatient surgery. These drugs take effect smoothly and quickly, providing good pain control and a rapid recovery without major side effects. Common outpatient surgical procedures include: