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Patients' assessment of 4-week recovery after ambulatory surgery
The Sahlgrenska Academy.
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
Örebro University Hospital.
Karolinska Institute.
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2011 (English)In: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-5172, E-ISSN 1399-6576, Vol. 55, no 1, 92-98 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background: Patients’ own assessment of recovery after ambulatory surgery has not been well studied. The aim was to study patients’ self-assessed recovery, the occurrence and time course of post-operative problems in relation to the type of ambulatory surgery.Methods: A questionnaire was filled in by 355 patients at five time points: pre-operative, first day at home, 1, 2 and 4 weeks post-operatively. Consecutive patients who underwent either inguinal hernia repair (IHR), arthroscopic procedures (AS) or cosmetic breast augmentation (CBA) were included.Results: Unplanned return to hospital was rare (3/355). Health care contacts were noted for 9% of the patients during the first week; a total of 70 contacts occurred during the entire period. Pain was the most frequently reported symptom; 40% of the patients reported pain or mobility problems at 1 week, 28% after 2 weeks and 20% after 4 weeks. Pre-operative pain was associated with an increased level of pain during the early post-operative course, in the recovery room and at 1 week post-operatively. IHR was associated with an overall rapid recovery, while AS patients experienced a slower restitution. All AS patients who reported pain after 4 weeks had reported pain problems already pre-operatively. Pain was not present pre-operatively in the CBA group, but was common at 1 and 2 post-operative weeks and was still reported by 11% at 4 weeks.Conclusion: Self-assessed recovery was found to cover several weeks with procedure-specific recovery patterns. Pain and mobility impairment were still frequently reported 4 weeks post-operatively.

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The Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica Foundation , 2011. Vol. 55, no 1, 92-98 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-5067DOI: 10.1111/j.1399-6576.2010.02322.xISI: 000284898500015PubMedID: 21039350Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-78650017521OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-5067DiVA: diva2:423141
Available from: 2011-06-14 Created: 2011-06-14 Last updated: 2012-11-22

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