We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My wife had knee surgery recently, and our medical group has a wonderful facility nearby. We arrived at 6:30 AM, checked in, she was brought into surgery at 7, and I went home. The drive being only 15 minutes, I was able to return, get something to eat, do some work, and return in time to pick her up. We left at 9:00AM.
It was only arthroscopic surgery, something I've had several times over the last 12 years (anyone playing sports is likely to have had it at least once). But it amazes me how quick these have become, showing the huge productivity gains in the medical community.
I've had my knee, my elbow, and my back all scoped. The amazing thing is all of these were done at ambulatory care centers. In 1985 I had work done on my knee which today would have been done utilizing arthroscopy. The work was done in a hospital, requiring an overnight stay.
It's amazing so many of these surgeries, which at one time required opening up a good portion of the joint, are now barely invasive. It's also incredible that you can literally walk away from many of them. My wife is already limping slightly, and should be moving fairly well by Monday (Friday surgery).
When we talk about the rising costs of medicine, we never talk about the improvements that have accompanied the price increases.
One of my good friends has had both hips and his left shoulder joint replaced in the last 4 months. Tomorrow he has his right knee replaced. All done in a hospital with at most a 2 day stay. Very little pain and quick recovery in all 3 cases so far. I had a hernia repaired in 1968 that kept me in the hospital for 14 days and on bed rest at home for 14 more. Medical technology seems to move at light speed.
Having double hip replacement surgery or two operations, one on each hip, that close in time is NOT recommended per a relative who just had her first hip operation. The surgeon will not even think about the other hip replacement until well into next year, she told me.
three knee surgeries in late 1960s early 1970s --all needed 3 or 4 days in hospital, all left long scars, all performed with fire axe and jackhammer, both of which were then often left inside the knee joints, handy for next time. OK the last part is an exaggeration. i think. maybe.
Depends on the situation. I'm not familiar with your father's so I won't comment on it.
My father (a surgeon), got a new hip a year ago. He was home and walking the same day.
He also told me a story about a case he had to oversee as the head of his hospital's board, many years ago.
NJ law had a 24 hour stay law for women giving birth. It was brand new, and a woman in his hospital was sent home with the child. Both were healthy.
2 days later, the child was back in the hospital and later died.
There was a lawsuit. My father reviewed all the data. The child had contracted a very rare infection while in utero, and there was no way the doctor could have known about it. Being rare, it was not tested for (black swan written all over this story), and the child appeared healthy at birth.
As my father pointed out in the review, keeping the child in the hospital beyond the 24 hours would not have made a difference.
Still, the woman had gotten the press involved. There was pressure to push the doctor out, and get the laws changed. My father, wise as he is, refused to speak to the press and dealt with the issues internally.
I can't detail the overall outcome, but basically let's just say the rules were changed and my father says he was very dissatisfied with the results. He told me this story to point out that public perception and pressure isn't always the best guidance for medical cost controls, let alone for better medical care.
Each situation is different, and if you can get out of the hospital faster, it's likely to be better for you.
My favorite story about this was my grandfather. Hospitalized with health problems, my grandmother kept saying "he needs his beer." He kept deteriorating. Finally, she started sneaking in one Reading beer (aged in transit) a night. Before too long, he rallied and was out of the hospital.
It's the small comforts that people (including medical professionals) tend to forget about. The atmosphere of a hospital should be (and usually is) geared toward healing, but many people view it as a "place full of sick people" and that taints their mindset.