As simple as it gets, just walk in and out of the operation theater is a reality that many are rejoicing in. Walking in to the hospital, getting a surgery done and walking out of the hospital on the same day is in the ideal scenario for almost everyone who has to go under the scalpel for some treatment. To avoid hospital stay, and not to abandon the comforts of home when you are not feeling too well many people now want to opt for ambulatory surgeries.
A concept which started with eye surgeries is now picking up and is gaining momentum in various other spheres, like gastro-enterology, nephrology and cardiology. Earlier a cataract surgery would require a hospital stay of two days and three nights, but now even in rural areas people know that it happens as a same- day surgery, for which one need not get admitted to a hospital. Also known as the outpatient surgery, this concept is a hit amongst takers.
Though not all, but many surgeries nowadays can be done in the minimally invasive way, which means the hospital stay is cut down by less than half of what it would have been in the conventional way. People prefer this because the entire cost including cost of surgery and drugs comes up to almost the same when compared with the conventional mode, because in the latter there is a prolonged hospital stay which adds up to the bill. And to its advantage, in the minimally invasive way the blood loss and post-operative pain is also greatly reduced.
Doctors are of the opinion that these minimally invasive surgeries have revolutionized the concept of surgery, by bringing in the ambulatory surgery concept. Though they might not always mean discharging the patient within 24-hours, but it definitely does greatly cut down on the hospital stay period. With the help of minimally invasive surgeries many surgeries which earlier required six to seven days of admission can now be done within one and half or two days.
It has both a direct and an indirect way of cost reduction. Directly cost is reduced because hospital stay is slashed drastically and in some cases there is no need of hospital stay at all, while indirectly it serves as a cost-cutting mechanism because family members do not have to spend money visiting the hospital every day.
It’s a win-win situation for both patients and their care-givers.