[quote=mamacat]I can't believe this, but now they are letting people go home the same day they have surgery that requires general anesthesia???? My future m-i-l had surgery today, for a hernia. Not a super complex operation, but it required her to be totally under, and it's scalpel, not laser. I couldn't believe they would do something like that and not keep her overnight for observation--especially given that she is 76 years old! She was home a few hours after the surgery, and the hospital didn't even prescribe her any painkillers! My fiance is staying over at her house tonight, because her surgeon insisted she not be alone--yeah, no kidding! I spoke to her before and she sounded like she was still half doped-up from the anesthesia, except she was in quite a lot of pain. This is completely ridiculous![/QUOT
Yep, I'm afraid it is standard, forgive the pun, operating procedure and has been for about 10 years. Chalk it up to the power of insurance companies and their lobbyists. I recall about ten years back in NJ it was normal to give birth and go home in 24 hrs, unless there were complications or a C-section. They called them "drive thru deliveries" The law was changed after much organized protest..now it's 48 hrs (wow!) I always noticed when I worked in the hospital that men with prostate surgery stayed longer than the women giving birth, sometimes 4/5 days. Made me wonder about sexism, and how men (mostly) make the law. To this day, some insurance companies will cover the cost of Viagra, but NOT birth control pills..I smell a rat.
Even people undergoing open heart surgery are released in about 3 days if there are no complications. You have to be near dead now a days to stay in a hospital for any length of time. Bad medicine in my nurse's book. The patients lose and the Insurance Co. wins.