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An overview of ambulatory surgery 

An overview of ambulatory surgery
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An overview of ambulatory surgery
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10.1093/med/9780199584338.003.0001
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date: 18 January 2020

Introduction 2

Definitions 3

A timeline for day and short stay surgery 4

Ambulatory surgery embraces any form of care that aims to minimize the stress and trauma associated with surgery, provide optimal perioperative care, and expedite recovery so that a reduced period of hospitalization is required. The best example is day surgery, where the patient is able to return home on the same day as his or her operation, which is also the main focus of this book. However, the same principles can be applied to more major forms of surgery, where at least a part of the recovery period may still need to be spent in hospital....

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