Dr. Sternberg performs procedures in a hospital setting as well as in the Midland office. There are advantages and disadvantages to each situation depending on the type and length of the surgery.
First, some surgeries require equipment only available at the hospital or surgical center. Procedures involving screws, cameras, and specialized equipment are only done outside of the office.
Second is the length of surgery. Surgeries that last longer than 30 minutes are normally done outside of the office surroundings. Most foot surgeries require a tourniquet to be applied around the ankle and this becomes quite painful after 30 minutes.
Third and most importantly is the patient preference. The main advantage of the hospital is sedation. Most of the procedures are performed under local sedation. An IV is started and the patient is put to sleep using medications through the IV. When the patient is asleep, the foot is put to sleep using a series of injections with local anesthesia. The patient has no memory of all of this and wakes up when the procedure is over.
In the office, the patient is awake for the procedure and feels the shots to numb the foot. They are also awake for the setting up of the instruments which takes about 15 minutes. The advantage is ease of scheduling and no need for blood work and physical in most cases.
We are happy to offer surgical services in the office and the hospital setting. We presently offer the following locations for outpatient surgery:
1. Mid Michigan Medical Center- Clare, MI
2. Genesys Health Park- Grand Blanc, MI
3. Surgical Center at Health Park- Grand Blanc, MI
4. Great Lakes Bay Surgery & Endoscopy Center