14 February 2017
Forecasting model and better combination of painkillers should offer improvement

Recovery and pain after day surgery is often difficult

An operation after which the patient is allowed to go home the same day is often more difficult that people anticipate. That is the conclusion of PhD research conducted by anaesthesiologist Björn Stessel from Maastricht UMC+ and the Jessa Ziekenhuis in Hasselt (B). Among other things, his study shows that only 17 percent of patients have recovered well four days after day surgery. One-third of the patients with moderate to serious pain also fail to take painkillers in whole or in part. ‘That care can be much better’, said Stessel. ‘Good information is therefore essential.’