Posterior segment eye-surgery in day care?

O Weijtens, G W Thoe Schwartzenberg, J C van Meurs

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Day care is generally accepted in anterior segment eye-surgery. In the Rotterdam Eye Hospital this option was also considered for posterior segment surgery. We were interested in the opinion of patients on this matter and therefore asked patients, who were admitted for posterior segment eye-surgery, to answer a questionnaire. The major question was: 'If your physician had given his permission, do you think it would have been possible for you to go home on the evening after surgery?'. Other questions evaluated problems in organising assistance at home and transportation to the out-patient clinic as well as circumstances after the operation, such as pain, nausea, dizziness and anxiety. Eighty-one out of 87 patients responded: 56% answered 'eye' and 44% 'no' to the major question. Relating the answer to the major question to medical data and to answers to the other questions, we found organizational problems at home and anxiety to have a statistical significant relation with a negative answer. Clinical factors like age, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)-class, diabetes mellitus (including insulin-dependant), type of anesthesia, time of the day the surgery was finished, duration of surgery, pain, nausea or dizziness were not significantly related. The number of patients involved in this study, however, is too small to draw conclusions on specific subgroups of patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-40
Number of pages4
JournalDocumenta ophthalmologica. Advances in ophthalmology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1996


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Ambulatory Surgical Procedures/methods
  • Anesthesia/adverse effects
  • Contraindications
  • Day Care, Medical/methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Prospective Studies
  • Retinal Diseases/diagnosis
  • Risk Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


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