Short and easy on purse: New surgery concept a big hit in Bangalore

Tuesday, 7 January 2014 - 2:09pm IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA
Patients looking to save on costs can opt for short stay surgeries as they are cheaper by 15-20 pc.

To save up on costs and to get home quickly, short stay surgeries are becoming popular with patients in city.

Packaged as surgeries where discharge is done within a couple of hours, or at best the very next day, such surgeries are said to bring down overall costs by 15-20%.

And in a busy city like Bangalore where taking long leaves from work is next to impossible, professionals in need of a surgery are increasingly opting for the short duration ones.

Healthcare players like Nova Specialty Hospitals and Fortis Hospitals perform 150 and 30 short stay surgeries respectively each month, at their centres in Koramangala and Nagarbhavi.

“Short stay surgeries can happen not just in eyecare and ENT, but also in areas like orthopaedics, general surgery, bariatric surgery, gynaecology, urology, surgical oncology etc,” says Dr MG Bhat, medical director, Nova Specialty Hospitals.

In addition to eyecare, which was worked around the short stay concept, now surgeries like removal of gall stones, joint replacements, minor fractures, weight-loss surgery, and even something like breast cancer surgery are taking to the new format.

“All else other than complicated procedures like heart and brain,” says Dr Bhat.

Manish Parmar (name changed), a 35-year-old BPO employee, who sometime ago underwent a shoulder surgery, says he was admitted at 8am and got discharged the same evening.

“Such quick surgeries are specially for professionals who can get operated on say a Saturday, rest on Sunday, and get back to work on Monday,” says Dr Susheen Dutt, ENT specialist at Fortis Hospital, Nagarbhavi.

Experts say short stay surgeries are performed on patients after screening them to check whether they meet the requisite criteria or not.

“It is usually not performed on patients who are either very old, or very young, or have disorders like high BP, diabetes etc as such patients would require to stay back,” says Dr Dutt.

Patients are screened, given a date for the surgery. Post the surgery, they are allowed some time to stabilise and then discharged with sufficient medication and advise. And costs fall since there are basically no night charges levied as patients are discharged within hours.

“Here the operation is quick, recovery is quick and there is early discharge. By staying for lesser time, exposure to hospital environment is limited, which further limits chances of contracting infections,” says Dr Bhat.

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