Day case surgery

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Surgery where the physiological disturbance of the surgery and anaesthetic allows recovery to independent function within a 24 hour period (but more usually 12 to 18 hours). Because of the hotel costs associated with hospital length of stay, the development of minimally invasive techniques such as laparoscopy and advances in anaesthetic technology and technique there was a marked change in surgical practice towards day case surgery in the last few decades of the 20th century.