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5 min operation

if a doctor says a 5 minute operation needs to be done, is it always guaranteed that it will be a simple one, and that you don't need many days of bed rest?
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25112Author Commented:

does it also mean it will not necessarily require cutting the skin through? (I believe there are technology where they can just put a thin passage to get the job done)?
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sdstuberCommented:
no and no

the duration of the operation doesn't have much bearing on the length of recovery.  on the other hand,  very complex, involved procedures that require extensive recovery probably can't be resolved in 5 minutes.

the very quick operation is unlikely to involve a lot of cutting, simply because a lot of cutting requires more prep and cleanup work that couldn't all be done in a short time.   but, 5 minutes doesn't necessarily mean zero cutting either.

a dermatological procedure to remove a small growth for examination may involve a cutting/scooping instrument and can be accomplished very quickly but it is a cut and you will bleed.

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sdstuberCommented:
as with most medical questions,  if you want specifics you should consult your physician about your individual situation and case history.
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Anthony RussoCommented:
Also I would highly recommend a second opinion before agreeing to any surgical procedure.

Is it necessary?
Is there a non-surgical alternative?
Will your insurance cover it? How much of it?

Do research on the procedure online as well as through other licensed professionals. Often if there is any fear associated with a subject, ,a large part of this is from the unknown. Educating yourself on the subject can bring a sense of calm, and also assist in making the best decision.

Good luck,

Anthony
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aburrCommented:
In health procedures, especially operations, there is NO guarantee. However it would be reasonable  to expect that many days (even one) of bed rest would not be needed.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
^^^ All the above, surgeons traditionally have no concept of time, what they mean is it shouldn't take very long and they don't expect any complications.

Nothing in medicine or surgery comes with a 100% guarantee.

Things to ask include how often do you carry this out and what is your success rate/rate of post-op complications.

Recovery time depends on lots of factors but mainly how invasive it is. Normally it should be possible for you to get post-op instructions before it's done and this should include a section on what to expect afterwards and what might go wrong.
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BillDLCommented:
In the Crimean and American Civil Wars, before the discovery of antiseptics, antibiotics, or anaesthetics other than alcohol and occasionally chloroform if available, "surgeons" were able to perform a leg amputation in 2 minutes, then about 15 minutes to "close up", so don't go by that "5 minute operation" malarky because it would take the patient about 9 months to recover - if at all ;-)

Definitely NOT for the squeamish, but certainly very interesting:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctKKpBTWwwo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3T5v_QbFZDU

I had a sebaceous cyst removed from the back of my neck under local anaesthetic quite a few years ago.  It was most certainly just a 5 minute operation, but from walking in to walking out it was about two and a half hours and comprised the following fiasco:

1. Asked hundreds of questions and asked to sign a consent form.
2. Stripping to underwear and being instructed to lie on a bed with a shower cap on and being wheeled in to then sit on a chair, despite being fully capable of just whipping off my shirt and walking into the "theatre" room myself.
3. Having yellow antiseptic slapped all over my neck.
4. Getting the local anaesthetic injection and being prodded repeatedly with sharp things on my neck until I couldn't really feel the jabs.
5. Getting the cyst dug out with what felt like a shovel - yes, I know, the area was numb but I could still feel the digging!
6. Getting a few dissolving stitches and a dressing.
7. Waiting over an hour in the "recovery" area in case I reacted badly to the injection or started bleeding profusely I suppose.
8. Being presented with discharge notes designed to be idiot-proof and in 16 languages in case I only spoke the same language as the "surgeon" and the other hospital staff in the room.

I drove back to work, put on my overalls, and worked the rest of the shift plus the extra hours to make up for my lost time that morning, and only in minor discomfort.

Some time early next year I am due to have my gall bladder removed by "keyhole surgery" which normally entails a 20 minute procedure and a 6 hour post-op observation, but have been warned that I may wake up with a 12 inch sutured incision if it was too difficult to do so through a couple of stab wounds in my CO2-inflated belly, and end up with a stay in hospital for more than one night.

Even with "keyhole surgery" like this some bed rest is required, because it's something like being stabbed 4 times in the belly by a baddy armed with a fire poker who wiggles it around inside you for a while after each stab.

I suppose it would be possible to completely remove a patient's testicles in one deft 3 or 4 second "operation", but it's the preparation and tidy up that usually takes somewhat longer.

You didn't say what you were getting done, did you? ;-)
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hdhondtCommented:
> as with most medical questions,  if you want specifics you should consult your physician about your individual situation and case history.

Amen to that, sdstuber!

Please avoid using the web for medical "research". There is just way too much "alternative medicine" rubbish floating around. Your doctor knows what he wants to do, and he is the one who can best tell you what effect it will have on you.
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25112Author Commented:
very helpful guidance..
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BillDLCommented:
Thank you 25112
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