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Smer Yasmeen
Rukhsana kousar
Mehdi Hayat khan
Mahlab Ijaz
Samina Shaheen
Rizwana Nargis


Complications, day care surgery, perception, questionnaire, rural


Background: Certain surgical procedures in selective patients may be performed with safety and effectiveness ensuring same day return of the patients to their homes which might prove helpful in reducing the existing burden on healthcare facilities. This research was aimed to assess the patient perception regarding day case surgical procedures at a public sector healthcare center of South Punjab, Pakistan.

Methods: This descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted at the Surgery and Ophthalmology Units of Bahawal Victoria Hospital, Bahawalpur Pakistan, in December 2022. We analyzed patients of both genders aged up to 70 years from general surgery or ophthalmology department as cases of elective surgery. Review visits were scheduled on 10th post-operative day for stitches removal, detail questionnaire about patient condition after surgery and for the evaluation and management of any complications. Ten questions were asked to assess patient perception regarding day case surgical procedures.

Results: In a total of 70 cases analyzed in this study, 35 (50.0%) were male. The mean age of the patients was 42.17±18.33 year. There were 45 (64.3%) patients who belonged to rural areas of residence. All patients (100%) were satisfied about the preoperative examination and explanation as well as guidance for post-surgery complications. There were 34 (48.6%) patients who reported that waiting time before the surgery was too long.

Conclusion: Response of patients regarding their perception about the day case surgical procedures was very good. Day case surgery among selective patients could be cost-effective and safe.

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