Our Practice

Location

Our practice is located at:

1801 Binz Street #300,
Houston, Texas 77004

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Dr. Fred Aguilar performs most of his surgery procedures at fully equipped, state-of-the-art out-patient surgery facilities that are fully accredited, safe, and private. Outpatient surgical facilities offer privacy, continuity of care, and significant cost savings to the patient. Most importantly, outpatient facilities provide significant cost savings to our patients and are a completely safe alternative to having your procedure performed at a hospital.

Dr. Aguilar also performs surgeries in the Houston Medical Center at Memorial Hermann Hospital and The Methodist Hospital. Dr. Aguilar has privileges at the following surgery facilities and hospitals in Houston and surrounding areas:

Memorial Hermann Hospital Texas Medical Center

6411 Fannin Street, Houston, Texas 77030
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Humble Surgical Hospital

1475 FM 1960 East Bypass, Humble, TX 77338
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Houston Hospital for Specialized Surgery “Health South”

5445 La Branch Street, Houston,Texas 77004
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First Surgical Partners

411 First Street, Bellaire, Texas 77401
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What is the AAAASF?

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The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) was established in 1980. Its primary mission is to ensure the highest quality patient care in the ambulatory surgery setting.

Setting the Standard for Quality Patient Care

These days, there is more to having surgery than just selecting your surgeon. AAAASF has designed an accrediting program to help provide patients with the assurance of safety and quality in all aspects of their outpatient surgery experience. To achieve this goal, every AAAASF-accredited ambulatory surgery facility must meet stringent national standards for equipment, operating room safety, personnel and surgeon credentials. The experts at AAAASF know that maintaining safety and quality in the ambulatory surgery facility is a dynamic process, requiring constant review and revision of standards to reflect the current state-of-the-art. As the leading accrediting organization, AAAASF has developed the systems to effectively monitor and implement the latest advances in outpatient care delivery advances that directly benefit patients.

Quality

AAAASF accreditation has been recognized as the gold standard. The vast majority of ambulatory surgery facilities are not accredited, operating independently of any peer review and inspection process. A growing number of states throughout the country, however, are recognizing the need for mandatory accreditation. AAAASF is in the forefront of legislative efforts to provide patients with safety and quality assurance in the outpatient surgery setting.

In 1996, California became the first state to mandate accreditation for all outpatient facilities that administer sedation or general anesthesia. AAAASF was instrumental in the development of the California legislation (AB595), as well as subsequent laws and regulations adopted by states such as Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas. AAAASF accreditation has been accepted by State Departments of Health in lieu of state licensure, and AAAASF has been approved to inspect facilities for certification by Medicare. AAAASF accreditation guidelines have been recognized as the gold standard providing the highest level of safety and quality in ambulatory surgery care.

Safety

AAAASF-accredited facilities must meet stringent requirements. All AAAASF-accredited facilities must:

•Comply with applicable local, state, and federal regulations including fire safety, sanitation and building codes for the protection of patients and medical personnel;

•Adhere to federal laws and regulations affecting their operation such as OSHA blood-borne pathogens standards, hazardous waste standards, the Americans with Disabilities Act and HIPAA;

•Utilize advanced instruments and monitoring devices for patient safety during surgery and in the recovery period;

•Allow surgery to be performed only by qualified surgeons who have privileges to perform the same surgical procedures in an accredited hospital. Surgeons must meet the standards, such as peer-review and continuing medical education, required for operating in an accredited hospital. Surgeons must be certified (or eligible for certification) in surgical specialties recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. This is an important distinction between AAAASF and other organizations that may not require this high standard of qualifications for physicians operating within their accredited facilities; and

•Provide for the administration of general anesthesia, when appropriate, by a board-certified or board-eligible anesthesiologist or a certified registered nurse anesthetist. Other personnel assisting in surgery and providing care for the patient in the recovery room include specially-trained and certified surgical technicians, registered nurses, and licensed practical nurses.