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MEDICINA E CHIRURGIA DELLA CAVIGLIA E DEL PIEDE
A Journal on Physiopathology and Surgery of the Foot
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, Scopus
Chirurgia Del Piede 2002 June;26(2):91-6
Day surgery and foot surgery
Napoli V., Napoli E.
As in other surgical specialties, in foot surgery, operations the literature terms ''minor surgery'' can be treated in day surgery, with overnight hospital stay when necessary. These procedures should be distinguished from outpatient care, which uses different management protocols. Day surgery treatment for minor operations permits the rationalization of routine surgical procedures, with a reduction in waiting time, length of hospital stay and management costs. To ensure the same safety and effectiveness as in routine admission, day surgery should follow precise criteria for patient selection and pathology. In patient selection, the patient's general conditions should be taken into account in the evaluation of operative risk, logistics and family factors. In the selection of the pathology, reference should be made to those diseases that can be effectively treated with routine procedures without, however, adapting them to day surgery treatment simply for market reasons or to reduce hospitalization costs.