Frequently Asked Questions

Surgery on Sunday is thankful to have many supporters who provide financial support and in-kind donations. These donations enable Surgery on Sunday to operate on a very tight budget, spending 88% of our expenses on direct patient care and allowing us to provide surgeries at an average cost of $300.

By providing an outpatient procedure at an average cost of $300, we are able to care for more patients in need. Our main goal when caring for a patient is to rid them of disease and pain without a financial burden. If not for our program, many of these individuals would suffer for years or receive care at an Emergency Room with a massive hospital bill they are unable to pay.

What type of procedures does Surgery on Sunday provide?

Surgery on Sunday provides any medically necessary outpatient procedures. The most common surgeries are: gallbladder removal, hernia repair, tonsillectomies, mass excision, cataract removal, circumcisions, orthopedic (carpal tunnel release, ACL, rotator cuff repair) and colonoscopies, among others.

Does Surgery on Sunday provide any weight loss surgery?

No, we do not provide any type of weight loss procedure.

Do you have to be a US citizen to qualify for the program?

No. Surgery on Sunday exists to help anyone within our service area who qualifies, regardless of their citizenship.

How often do you provide surgeries?

Surgery on Sunday operates the third Sunday of each month. These dates are subject to change based on holiday schedule and surgeon availability.

What if the surgeon decides I do not need surgery?

Many times a patient will be seen by a surgeon and they are able to offer a less invasive form of treatment, which is still provided at no cost.

Can you self-refer to be considered for the program?

No. Patients must be referred by a medical professional and have a primary care physician they see on a regular basis. If you do not have a primary care physician, please refer to the list of free clinics.

Where must I reside in order to qualify for services?

An individual must live within a 250 mile radius of Lexington, Kentucky. This is in order to ensure a patient receives appropriate post-operative care. Occasionally, the medical review Committee will consider requests outside of the 250 mile radius on a very limited basis. The final decision rests with the review committee as well as the surgeon.

What are the qualifications to be considered for Surgery on Sunday?

  • Income is 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Click here to see chart.
  • Uninsured OR
  • Have a high deductible plan that is 10% or more of household income
  • Live within 250 mile radius of Lexington, Kentucky
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) is 35 or lower. Click here to calculate your BMI.

Why does the process take so long?

Please remember all medical providers are volunteers who graciously work our patients into their busy days at no cost. In addition, not all surgeons are available each surgery day due to their regular work schedule.

I have pictures of my condition/ailment that I want to send to Surgery on Sunday. Where do I send?

Please do NOT send any pictures via email to Surgery on Sunday. If a photo is needed to help determine the best course of care and type of pre-operative appointment, Surgery on Sunday will speak with you and your referring medical provider.

What are the costs to the patient for surgery?

Patients who are accepted into our program receive all services free of charge, including any additional diagnostic testing that is required. The only requirement is that you write a note of thanks to your surgeon and complete the Surgery on Sunday patient survey, including a testimonial.

The surgery I need requires an overnight stay in the hospital. How can you help?

Unfortunately, Surgery on Sunday would not be able to assist. We provide only outpatient surgeries.

Does Surgery on Sunday provide monetary assistance for copays or deductibles?

No. Surgery on Sunday does not provide financial assistance for individuals.

Does Surgery on Sunday provide excess skin removal?

No. This procedure is deemed cosmetic and we do not offer any cosmetic procedures, only those procedures that are deemed medically necessary. We look to rid the patient of pain and disease.

Does Surgery on Sunday provide dental services?

We provide limited oral surgery, which is usually partial or full extractions. We have partnered with local dentists to provide semi-annual Free Dental Days, which are tentatively planned for October 2016 and April 2017. However, we do not provide any regular dental services other than the partial or full extractions. Please note we do not provide dentures following extractions. The University of Kentucky Dental Clinic does provide dentures at a discounted cost. They can be reached at 859.323.5992.

Do you provide breast implant removal?

Yes, if it is determined to be medically necessary. However, we will not provide new implants as that is a cosmetic procedure.

My Body Mass Index (BMI) is over 35. Why do I not qualify for the program?

All surgeries are provided in an outpatient setting and we set a limit of a BMI of 35 to ensure safety during anesthesia. On a limited basis, we will review patient requests for those slightly over 35 if they do not have sleep apnea or blood pressure issues. The decision rests slowly with the anesthesia supervisor.

How long does the process take once I am approved for the program?

Once we have received your referral paperwork and you have been approved, we will send you an agreement to complete for our program. Upon receipt of that information, a pre-operative appointment will be scheduled for you. If the surgeon determines your condition is surgical, you will be placed on the next available surgery date. Currently, the process takes 30-60 days and depends on the waitlist and surgeon availability.