The Eye Surgery Center
In 2007, Dr. Larson earned the distinction of being the first surgeon in the state of Vermont to receive a “Certificate of Need” to build a freestanding ambulatory surgery center. Shortly thereafter, The Eye Surgery Center was born. This is the first and only non-hospital-owned outpatient surgical center in all of Vermont. It is a state- and federally-licensed, Medicare-approved facility that has received the highest possible accreditation approvals.
The Eye Surgery Center is an “eyes-only” facility that is specifically tailored to cataract surgery. At a hospital, where everything from joint replacements to open heart surgery takes place, eye surgery is often given second-tier status. As a result, the hospital staff are less knowledgeable about eye surgeries and less familiar with how to best treat eye surgery patients. In contrast, The Eye Surgery Center has mastered the art of treating ophthalmology surgical patients. The caring, highly-trained, and dedicated staff of the center put patients at ease and make their experience with eye surgery stress-free. As a testament to the expert care that The Eye Surgery Center provides, most of the area’s cataract surgeons bring their patients here for cataract surgery.
The Eye Surgery Center is also extremely convenient for patients. It is located in the same South Burlington building as New England Vision (Dr. Larson and Dr. Saipe’s clinic), and it offers easy covered parking with direct elevator access. Moreover, patients are treated in a setting where they are not exposed to communicable diseases or sick patients.
Lastly, having cataract surgery in an ambulatory surgery center (as opposed to a hospital) is less expensive for both the patient and the healthcare system. Surgery in a hospital can cost twice as much as surgery at The Eye Surgery Center. These higher prices lead to higher bills to Medicare, as well as higher out-of-pocket costs for patients. In fact, most patients save hundreds of dollars per eye by having their cataract surgery performed at The Eye Surgery Center. In this way, the care that patients receive at The Eye Surgery Center is not only more personalized, but it is also a better value.
Dr. Larson and Dr. Saipe perform all of their cataract surgeries at The Eye Surgery Center. If you need to contact the surgery center directly, you may call them at (802) 861-3554.