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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 114-121

Fast-track surgery: A new concept of perioperative management of surgical patients


Department of General Surgery, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India

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Gabriel Rodrigues
Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal - 576 104, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-600X.120843

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In the past few decades, surgery has advanced greatly because of an improved understanding of perioperative pathophysiology, development of minimally invasive operative techniques and advanced anaesthetic techniques. Fewer operations are requiring extended periods of hospital stay and a growing number of procedures are performed on an ambulatory basis. The pressure on medical systems is continuously growing as a result of economic constraints, increasing numbers of patients undergoing surgical procedures and greater patient autonomy. Patient awareness is steadily increasing along with their participation in their own care, leading to expectations of a higher standard of care. This has led to the development of a new concept of fast-track surgery.


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