In-Patient Surgery


In-patient surgery refers to a surgical procedure that requires the patient to stay overnight or occupy a hospital bed for at least one day. This is because the procedure is considered to be of medical necessity. A procedure is considered surgical when it involves cutting of a person’s tissues or closure of a previously sustained wound. However, other procedures such as angioplasty or endoscopy may also be considered surgical if they involve common surgical procedures or settings, such as the use of a sterile environment, anesthesia, antiseptic conditions, typical surgical instruments, and suturing or stapling.
It is important to note that all forms of surgery are considered invasive procedures. “Noninvasive surgery” usually refers to an excision that does not penetrate the structure being excised (e.g. laser ablation of the cornea) or to a radiosurgical procedure (e.g. irradiation of a tumor).