What is minor day surgery?

Minor day surgery refers to procedures that allow patients to go home on the same day. These types of procedures are also known as outpatient surgery and are performed in cases where only minor treatments are required. These procedures typically involve less invasive techniques than traditional open surgery, and also require less recovery time.

Some common minor day surgeries include:

  • Lumps and bumps excision
  • Colonoscopy
  • Gastroscopy
  • Ingrown toenail excision
  • Breast lump excision
  • Lymph node excision and biopsy

How does it work?

If you have had a minor day surgery recommended, the surgeon will begin by doing a thorough evaluation to check for any other health issues that need to be taken into account. He will look at your medical records as well as any medications you are taking, and explain the planned procedure to you. You will be asked to not eat or drink for 24 hours before the procedure, and the surgeon may give you instructions regarding any prescribed medication you usually take.

You will be asked to arrive at the hospital around two hours before the procedure is scheduled to begin. Before the surgery starts, your IV will be placed, and any necessary medications will be administered. You will then be taken to the operating theatre where you will be given a general of local anaesthetic. The type of anaesthetic you are given will depend on your particular case and the procedure for which you have been admitted.

What happens after the surgery?

When the procedure has been completed, you will be taken to a recovery room while you come round from the sedation. This may take some time; depending on the type of anaesthetic you were given.

The surgeon will confirm that your heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, temperature and level of pain are all stable after the surgery. You will be asked to eat and drink something and empty your bladder before you are released from the hospital.