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Recovery from surgery takes longer than previously thought


Pain and wound problems continue to affect patients’ daily lives up to three months after receiving day surgery, according to Swedish researchers.

The study involved 298 day surgery patients who were surveyed on their levels of discomfort at 48 hours, seven days and three months after surgery.

The authors, who found 46 patients still reported discomfort at three months, said: “This implies that the recovery period is extended over a longer period than was previously known.”



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  • This is, I believe, not a new discovery, rather a fact that had simply been fogotten in the need for rapid turnaround times in the modern overworked healthcare system.

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  • Especially when operations such as a mastectomy are carried out as "day surgery"!!!!!!

    I kid you not. A friend's mother (a retired nurse), in her 70s, was recently diagnosed with CA breast and had to wait more than 18 weeks to have a mastectomy. She was then sent home the same evening after undergoing a 4 hour mastectomy operation with drains in situ etc. Is it any wonder that re-admission rates are so high?

    It is a disgrace and quite honestly, despite working in the NHS for the past 36 years, I am a) getting private health insurance and b) am ashamed to admit I work for an institution that treats the vulnerable in such a cavalier fashion.

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  • I am sure patients have the right to refuse day surgery if they feel their after care will not be adequate. However, the onus should be on the organisers as they can assess what type of surgery is likely to require more care such as drains, higher risk of infection, pain, etc. People living on their own and the elderly should not be forced into day surgery against their will or their needs.

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    The patients can say they have no one to go home to and the hospital can not send them home to a empty house .No matter how small the surgery. I know this because i recently had day surgery and as my son was not at home at that time they kept me in. This is a little known fact and i believe the patients are not being advised of it.

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  • If an intervention can be carried out safely as day surgery the choice should then rest with the patient and not on bed space and the personnel and financial resources of the hospital. Some patients may find it more convenient but others may find it very daunting, especially those on their own and the worry caused by this may have psychological implications and be detrimental to the healing process.

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  • First we do not know what sort of Surgery this report is based on. Some patients undergoing Laprascopic Cholecystectomy are returning to work in a matter of days as patients undergoing corrective surgery to the foot (after years of wearing high heels) are taking months. As the first commentator said this is not really news.
    The points about Day Surgery and the vulnerable living on their own had the Trust had safe guidlines for such cases. Most Day Surgery Units do not send people home if they have a) significant pain
    b) no responsible adult at home to look afetr them c) do Day Surgery on cases over 45 minutes (surgical time). If these safe guards were not in place or were ignored I wouldn't push for private Health Care I would instruct a Solicitor, organisations review their practice very quickly when they're getting hit in court and financially

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