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Duke Ambulatory Surgery Center

Type:Duke University Hospital Outpatient Department, Surgery Center
Hospital-based clinics are outpatient departments of an individual Duke hospital and have additional facility charges. Some insurance companies process bills with a deductible and coinsurance rather than as a co-pay as for an office visit. This may impact the amount of the bill you are responsible for after payment from your insurance plan. Check with your insurance company before your visit to determine what your responsibility will be.

The Duke Ambulatory Surgery Center is a modern, hospital-based facility equipped with the latest technologies to make outpatient surgery safer and more comfortable. Our ambulatory surgery center is staffed by a team of medical professionals who provide care for people needing same-day diagnostic and treatment-based surgical procedures.

Clinic Hours

5:30 am - 4:30 pm 5:30 am - 4:30 pm 5:30 am - 4:30 pm 5:30 am - 4:30 pm 5:30 am - 4:30 pm Closed Closed
Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 4:30 pm
Duke North Pavilion
2400 Pratt St
Durham, NC 27710-3976

Clinic Hours

5:30 am - 4:30 pm 5:30 am - 4:30 pm 5:30 am - 4:30 pm 5:30 am - 4:30 pm 5:30 am - 4:30 pm Closed Closed
Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 4:30 pm

Same-Day Surgeries and Procedures

Most of the outpatient procedures and surgeries performed at this surgery center are same-day, which means you will go home the day of your procedure. In some cases, your post-op care may require a stay just short of 24 hours. During your time at our center, you will be cared for by a team that includes surgeons and surgical technicians from multiple specialties, anesthesiologists, certified nurse anesthetists and anesthesia technicians, registered nurses, and nursing assistants.

You may be scheduled for one of the following surgical procedures at our center. This list provides a representation of the procedures we perform. It is not all inclusive. Procedures are often performed using the latest advances in minimally invasive techniques.

Spine Surgery

  • Spine surgery including laminectomy and cervical fusion
  • Chronic pain procedures such as implanting spinal cord stimulators

Cancer-Related Surgery

Colorectal Surgery

  • Hemorrhoid removal

Endocrine Surgery

Gynecologic Surgery

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Orthopaedic Surgery

Pediatric Surgery

Plastic Surgery

  • Scar or skin tag removal

Urologic Surgery

Nerve Blocks

Our anesthesiologists often place nerve blocks to help manage pain during surgery. The nerve blocks bathe the nerves in numbing medication and can eliminate the need for a breathing tube and general anesthesia. Their effects can last for several days so you experience less pain during your recovery.

Our Providers

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Accepted Insurance

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks, including the ones listed below. Before scheduling your appointment, we strongly recommend you contact your insurance company to verify that the Duke Health location or provider you plan to visit is included in your network. Your insurance company will also be able to inform you of any co-payments, co–insurances, or deductibles that will be your responsibility. If you proceed in scheduling an appointment and your health insurance benefits do not participate with Duke, your out of pocket liability may be higher. We will contact you regarding your coverage and patient liability. If you are uninsured, learn more about our financial assistance policy.

  • Aetna Choice POS, Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna Elect Choice HMO, Aetna Open Access Elect Choice
  • Aetna Health Network Only, Aetna Health Network Option
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Limited Benefit Insurance PPO
  • Aetna Managed Choice POS
  • Aetna Medicare Assure Plan (HMO D-SNP)
  • Aetna Medicare Eagle Plan (PPO)
  • Aetna Medicare Essential Plan (PPO)
  • Aetna Medicare Value Plan (HMO)
  • Aetna Open Access HMO, Open Access Aetna Select, Aetna Open Access Managed Choice
  • Aetna Open Choice PPO
  • Aetna PCP Coordinated POS Plan
  • Aetna Quality Point of Service (QPOS)
  • Aetna Select HMO
  • Aetna Traditional Choice
  • Aetna Voluntary Indemnity Group Plan
  • Aetna Whole Health – Duke WakeMed WKCC
  • Aetna/CVS Health
  • Ambetter of North Carolina
  • Blue Advantage
  • Blue Medicare (HMO, PPO)*
  • Blue Options (123, PPO, HSA)
  • Blue Select
  • NC State Employees Health Plan
  • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice does not participate in the plan.

  • Cigna Behavioral Health (*Limited eligibility)
  • Cigna Choice Plus
  • Cigna Connect Individual Family Plan
  • Cigna Open Access
  • Cigna Open Access Plus
  • *Please call Cigna Behavioral Heath to see if the provider is participating in your plan.

  • Duke Basic
  • Duke Select
  • Experience Health Medicare Advantage (HMO) Plan
Gateway Health Alliance
  • Humana Choice (PPO)
  • Humana Choice - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
  • Humana ChoiceCare - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
  • Humana Gold Choice - Medicare Advantage (PFFS)
  • Humana Gold Plus - Medicare Advantage (HMO)
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Group Plan - NC State Retirees
  • First Medicare Direct
  • Medicare Part A
  • Medicare Part B
  • AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina
  • Carolina Complete Health
  • Healthy Blue
  • NC Medicaid Direct
  • WellCare of North Carolina
  • TRICARE Prime
  • TRICARE Prime Remote
  • TRICARE Select
  • AARP Medicare Advantage Plan 2 (HMO-POS)
  • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)*
  • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)*
  • All Savers Alternate Funding
  • All Savers Fully Insured
  • United Healthcare (HMO, PPO, POS)
  • United Healthcare Charter/Charter Balance/Charter Plus
  • United Healthcare Choice/Choice Plus
  • United Healthcare Core/Core Essential
  • United Healthcare Navigate/Navigate Plus/Navigate Balanced
  • United Healthcare Option PPO
  • United Healthcare Passport Connect Choice/Choice Plus
  • United Healthcare Passport Connect Options PPO
  • United Healthcare Select/Select Plus
  • United Healthcare Shared Services - Harvard Pilgrim/UHC Options PPO Network
  • United Medical Resources (UMR)
  • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice and mental health providers do not participate with the plan.

About Us

Duke Ambulatory Surgical Center is a hospital-based facility located in the Duke North Pavilion on Pratt Street in Durham. Our facility features nine operating rooms, eight overnight stay beds for people who stay less than 24 hours, 12-bed recovery care center. There is a spacious waiting area with vending for family members and friends.

Preparing For Your Visit

Once your case is scheduled, you will receive a call from a member of our pre-operative nursing team. In most cases, they will conduct a pre-anesthesia evaluation over the phone. They will let you know if you need to come in if additional testing is required.

You will receive another phone call from our team 24 hours before your surgery to let you know what time to arrive. They will provide details about your visit, including the need to bring a care partner with you. Your procedure cannot take place without your care partner with you. They should plan to stay in the building during your procedure and remain your care partner for the first 24 hours after your surgery.

If you have not received a call by the day before your surgery or have additional questions, please call us at 919-668-2030 between the hours of 8:00 am to 2:00 pm and ask to speak with a preoperative nurse. If you need to speak with a business office representative, please call 919-668-2000 between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.

Please notify the center and your surgeon if you have an elevated temperature, cough, cold, vomiting or diarrhea between your last visit and the day of your surgery.

Escort: A friend, relative or dedicated caregiver must stay with you at the surgery center the entire time of your visit and for the first 24 hours after your surgery. Please note visitor restrictions in place.

Care for Children: If you normally care for young children at home, please plan for assistance for their care at least 24 hours following surgery.

Accessibility Services

We provide equal access for all people and offer a range of free accessibility services to patients and visitors who need them.

Interpreter Services

Free interpreter services can be provided for patients who prefer to communicate in a language other than English.

Free Wi-Fi Available


Duke North Pavilion
2400 Pratt St
Durham, NC 27710-3976


Parking is available in the parking garage adjacent to North Pavilion. Enter off Pratt Street. Fee: $2 per hour or a maximum $8 per day.

Public Transportation

Plan your trip to Duke Ambulatory Surgery Center through GoDurham bus routes 6 and 11A/11B or GoTriangle bus routes 400, 405, DRX, and ODX. The closest bus stops are Fulton St at Pratt St, Fulton St at Elder St, and Duke Hospital. If you have trouble accessing these bus routes, visit GoDurham Access and GoTriangle Access to check if you meet the ADA eligibility for accessible transit programs.

Duke Transit provides free bus service to the Duke University Medical Center campus for students, employees, patients, and visitors. See maps of bus routes.