Frequently Asked Questions

May I pay my bill online?

Yes, you may pay your bill by credit card or set up an automatic payment plan through our secure online payment service. Click here to pay your bill online

What is outpatient surgery and what are the advantages?

It is a procedure that does not require an overnight hospital stay. It is often referred to as ambulatory or same day surgery. Outpatient procedures are recommended when the patient has passed certain medical screening tests and is in good health. The care needed for recovery can be provided at home.

There are many advantages to having your procedure done as an outpatient:

  • Shorter recovery time
  • Reduced cost
  • Comfort
  • Insurance approved
  • Ideally suited for children - Gulf South Surgery Center is a pediatric center for excellence, performing over 600 surgeries of children 12 and under per year.

What time do I come in for my surgery or procedure?

Our physicians and staff respect the importance of your time and do our best to give you a fair estimated time of arrival, with a short wait until your surgery begins. You should receive a time from either the surgery center or your phyisian the day prior to your surgery. If you do not, please call us or your physician.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring your photo id, insurance card and financial arrangements. We are not responsible for your valuables, jewelry, personal items, eyeglasses, or cash. Please give them to your family/responsible party for your safe keeping.

Who will provide my anesthesia?

Patients are admitted to Gulf South Surgery Center, LLC at the request of their physician, who will perform their procedure. Anesthesia will be administered by Gulfport Anesthesia Services. This is a group of local anesthesiologists who employ certified nurse anesthetists. Types of anesthesia are:

  • General anesthesia - During general anesthesia, the patient is not concious and has a complete loss of sensation.
  • Monitored anesthesia care - During monitored anesthesia, the patient receives sedation and medication as well as a local anesthetic to the area given by the physician. This is also known as twilight anesthesia.
  • Regional or Block anesthesia - Regional or Block anesthesia is medication given to the portion of the body requiring the surgery. The patient may also receive additional sedation.
  • Local anesthesia - local anesthesia is given by the surgeon. there is normally not an anesthesia provider with you.

Do I need a driver and someone to stay with me?

YOU MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A RESPONSIBLE ADULT WHO IS ABLE TO DRIVE YOU HOME. A responsible person must stay with you for 24 hours following your procedure.

What if I am unable to be discharged to my home?

If after a period of observation, your surgeon decides that you are not able to safely return home, he will admit you to a local hospital.