Postoperative recovery and discharge

Anesthesiol Clin North Am. 2003 Jun;21(2):367-86. doi: 10.1016/s0889-8537(02)00080-9.


Ambulatory surgery provides quality care that is cost-effective. The use of innovative surgical and anesthetic techniques will allow larger numbers of patients to take advantage of the benefits of undergoing an elective operation on an ambulatory basis. Anesthesiologists will be faced with more complex surgery, which will require careful selection and assessment of patients to ensure continuity of the excellent safety record of ambulatory anesthesia. Minor adverse events, such as pain and PONV, are still common. The occurrence of these minor adverse advents is now the major area of quality assessment and an area where improvement could be targeted. Fast tracking facilitates earlier discharge, but we must ensure this has benefit to the patient as speedy discharge may mask the true incidence of adverse minor symptoms. This can lead to patient dissatisfaction and a poor impression of ambulatory surgery.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Surgical Procedures*
  • Anesthesia Recovery Period*
  • Anesthesia, Conduction
  • Humans
  • Pain, Postoperative / therapy
  • Patient Discharge
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Postoperative Care*
  • Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting / therapy
  • Psychomotor Performance / physiology