Many people face having an operation at some point in their lives. While some operations require a stay in hospital as an inpatient, an increasing number of procedures can be performed as day surgery. Advances in surgical procedures and anaesthesia have made having an operation safer than ever, with shorter recovery times and fewer side effects.
The first article covers minor surgical procedures that may be carried out in your doctor’s surgery or in hospital on an outpatient basis. The second article outlines what you can expect to take place when you have major surgery, including your recovery afterwards. Major surgery is always performed in hospital. All hospitals and surgical procedures vary, but there are certain routines that are common to all, such as a thorough physical assessment before an operation to check your overall fitness for anaesthesia and surgery. This assessment may take place weeks or days before you are admitted to hospital. The final article discusses convalescence once you have returned home after major surgery. Different types of surgery are described in a separate section (see Types of surgery).
From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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