Outpatient surgery and minimally invasive procedures are medical procedures that can usually be performed without an inpatient hospital stay. In the case of outpatient surgery, patients are usually discharged home on the same day, while minimally invasive procedures usually require them to spend only a short time in the hospital – which, of course, always depends on the patient’s individual state of health.
Minimally invasive procedures are operations in which a small incision or even just a pinpoint opening is made to reach the affected tissue or organ. Special instruments such as endoscopes, laparoscopes or catheters can be inserted through this opening. These instruments have a small camera and sometimes other functions and tools that can be controlled by the surgeon to perform the procedure. Because minimally invasive procedures require only small incisions, they can help patients get back on their feet faster and experience less pain.
Outpatient surgery and minimally invasive procedures offer a number of benefits. These include:
- Shorter recovery time: because the procedure is less invasive, the patient typically requires less time to recover.
- Lower risk of infection: because only small incisions are made, there is less risk of infection.
- Lower risk of complications: Outpatient surgery and minimally invasive procedures are usually safer and less risky than traditional open surgery.
- Shorter hospital stays: Most patients can go home the same day or spend only a short time in the hospital.
- Less pain: Because minimally invasive procedures require only small incisions, pain is usually less than traditional surgeries.
- Better cosmetic results: Because only small incisions are made, there are usually fewer visible scars.
- Of course, not all surgeries can be performed minimally invasively; it very much depends on the condition and the patient’s individual condition. Although outpatient surgery and minimally invasive procedures are generally safer than traditional surgeries, risks such as bleeding, infection or complications cannot be completely eliminated.
Before an outpatient surgery or minimally invasive procedure, we will discuss with you which is the best option for you. We will provide you with all the important details about the upcoming procedure, including potential risks and complications.
Before the surgery, you should make sure that you follow all instructions, for example, about food intake. After surgery, it is eminently important that you follow all of your doctor’s instructions, including taking medications, performing rehabilitation exercises, and avoiding activities that could cause injury.
If you have any problems or questions during the recovery period, our entire medical team will be happy to assist you.