Over the past decade in Australia, day surgery has become progressively more prevalent and is rapidly increasing in popularity.
This is not only because of improvements in anaesthetic and surgical techniques but is also due to advances in pharmacological agents. Day surgery has progressed from a few simple procedures performed under local anaesthetic to a myriad of procedures performed under a variety of anaesthetic techniques. Simply put, surgical health care is moving away from traditional hospitalisation.
For patients requiring surgery, the day centre is seen as a more pleasant and convenient environment than the traditional hospital setting. The patient is regarded as a healthy person coming to the facility for a minor procedure in an atmosphere that is positive and cheerful. The care is more convenient, more flexible and less of an imposition on patients and their families. Overall, the potential unpleasantness of the medical setting is reduced.
Importantly, recent emphasis on health care cost containment is often cited as a major reason for the remarkable popularity of day surgery. There is absolutely no doubt that an operation in a day centre costs significantly less than a similar procedure in a hospital setting.
The emphasis in a day surgery, therefore, is to provide a friendly, relaxed atmosphere for patients and their families as well as medical, nursing and support staff.
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Hysteroscopy is used to inspect the inside walls of the uterus using a small telescope. It may be performed alone or in conjunction with a laparoscopy.
Laparoscopy uses a telescope to view the ovaries, fallopian tubes and nearby organs in the abdomen. Laparoscopy may also be called key-hole surgery and it is one of the lesser forms of invasive surgical treatment available today. Laparoscopic surgery when performed successfully affords less post-operative discomfort and a faster recovery than conventional surgery.
Although rare, laparoscopy procedures do have a risk of complications, as do all surgical procedures. Smoking, obesity and other significant medical problems can cause greater risks of complication.
Dilatation and Curettage
Dilatation and Curettage (D&C) is an operation performed to widen the uterine cervix and sample the endometrium of the uterus.
Endometrial ablation is a method of controlling menorrhagia (heavy periods) by the destruction of the endometrium (lining of the uterus).
Myringotomy with Tube Insertion (Grommet)
A procedure to create a hole in the eardrum to allow fluid that is trapped in the middle ear to drain out. Tube insertion helps maintain drainage and aeration of middle ear.
A procedure to open the pathways of the sinuses and clear blockages.