Surgery without having to be admitted into hospital: day-surgery is a growing trend in the Czech Republic.

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07. 09. 2021 General Surgery

Varicose veins, hernia or a meniscus tear? Whereas previously similar surgical procedures required a lot of time and planning, today they can be performed in the form of a day surgery. This is a modern approach to medical treatment, which is performed in a minimally invasive manner and, unlike conventional methods, doesn’t require a hospital admission. Day surgery has countless advantages.  

The growing trend of day-surgeries brings numerous benefits to both the patient and the medical facility providing treatment. For the patient, the main advantage is the fact that most day-surgery procedures use minimally invasive methods, which means that there is minimal disturbance to the body and recovery time is therefore much shorter, meaning the patient is able to return back to normal life a lot quicker. Additionally, the fact that patient is able to leave the clinic almost immediately after the procedure reduces the risk of hospital-acquired infections and shortens the period of time needed to be taken off work. One-day hospitalisation is also supported by health insurance companies, as care is often a lot less expensive.

 

A whole plethora of common surgical issues can be solved within the scope of day-surgeries. Thus, a number of common gynaecological, urological, ocular, vascular or orthopaedic surgeries are performed, which almost everyone has to undergo at least once during their lifetime. The patient usually rests in bed for a short period of time immediately following the procedure. Depending on the type of procedure and the medical condition, the patient is usually allowed to go home on the same day. Follow-up postoperative care is administered on an outpatient basis, until the end of treatment. For patients who are covered by Czech health insurance, this type of surgical procedure is also fully covered by the insurance company.

 

"The most popular surgical procedures performed in the Czech Republic include knee arthroscopy and bunion treatment with modern techniques. Gradually, the number of patients who come for varicose vein surgery, surgery for all types of hernias, treatment of haemorrhoids and procedures in the field of aesthetic surgery is increasing, "says doc. MUDr. Rastislav Hromádka, Ph.D., orthopaedist and chief physician at Canadian Medical. He adds: “The possibility of using one-day surgery is also appreciated by parents of patients in our paediatric surgery department at the Waltrovka clinic in Prague. A hospital admission is often more stressful for children than the operation itself, and therefore the effort to reduce the time spent in bed outside the home is absolutely essential. "

 

"For paediatric patients, hospitalisation can often be a greater stress than the surgery itself," emphasises MUDr. Libor Janeček, who with his more than twenty-five years of experience is a very respected specialist in the field of paediatric surgery. There’s no need to bluff- for children, even staying in the absolute best hospital is still going to be a rather unpleasant and stressful experience. Even if one of the parents is with them (which more often than not is not allowed), they are forced to accommodate to a foreign environment, they have to get used to the hospital regime, they are afraid, and they are bored. And that's not all. In the past, a child was thought to be at lower risk of acquiring an infection in a hospital than if they were at home. But it turns out to be quite the opposite case. The child is usually accustomed to the microbiological environment of their home and tends to have antibodies suited to it - infection is less of a risk at home than it is in a hospital to which their immune system is not accustomed to. Additionally, certain nosocomial (hospital) infections are specific to the hospital environment and tend to present in much more concentrated amounts than in the outside world- mostly because the hospital has a lot of ill patients. Streptococci or Staphylococci are quite a common occurrence. 

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