In these days of busy life and hectic schedule, day surgery has made an impact both for convenience and finance.
The operation is performed under a short general anaesthetic and you will wake up almost immediately after the procedure. Thereby you will stay in the hospital for three to four hours and then you are allowed to go home the same day. This is called a ‘day surgery procedure’.
In some cases you may be admitted to the hospital for a few nights. These are usually for major procedures like total hip, knee or ankle replacement etc. Again the procedure will be explained to you by the consultant, your consent will be taken and all of the necessary tests will be carried out. You will be informed of the exact number of nights you will be required to stay in the hospital so that you are able to make the necessary arrangements at home and work, prior to your admission.
There are a few procedures which can be carried out as a day case where you will be admitted to hospital for a few hours Following many
- Foot and ankle surgery, most patients can return home after a few hours to recover in their own environment
- Arthroscopies (ankle, knee, subtalar joint)
- Correction of toe deformities
- Surgery for bunions
- Morton’s neuroma
these are cystic swellings most commonly occuring at or near wrist but also can be found at different parts of limbs including feet. When they are big, unsighty and uncomfortable, surgery is advised.
- Toe joint replacements
This operation has been in practice for a number of years. There have been modification and improvements of the types of joint in recent years. Both full or half replacements are available for appropriate cases. Big toe joint is the commnest joint to be replaced in foot.
Tendons run in a sheath especially around ankle. Tendonoscopy is a very specialised operation to look and identify the conditions of sheath and tendon with a telescope and treat accordingly.
are some examples of day surgery list.
Following your operation, you will be seen by the consultant who will confirm that you can be discharged from the hospital. The medical staff will also be involved to ensure that your progress is satisfactory and will give you advice about your recovery, recuperation period and correct aftercare.
If you have any problems or concerns following surgery before you are due to attend your post-operative appointment, please contact the hospital or consultant’s secretary direct, dependent upon the urgency of your problem.