Waiting Times for Surgery - Procedures Investigated

Date: October 2001

Eleven procedures, representing a variety of conditions and which were commonly performed, were studied. The following diagnostic limitations were applied:

Cholecystectomy (removal of gallbladder): excluded patients who had surgery for malignancies or pancreatitis. The main diagnoses included were gallstones, cholecystitis or abdominal pain.

Hernia repair: included inguinal and femoral hernia without gangrene

Excision of breast lesions: diagnostic codes included benign and malignant tumours of the breast, lumpectomies and mastectomies. Breast biopsies were excluded.

Stripping/Ligation of Varicose Veins: Only lower extremities, not oesophageal or gastric

Carpal Tunnel Release: for carpal tunnel syndrome

Transurethral Prostatectomy (TURP): for benign hyperplasia. Excluded all malignancies.

Tonsillectomy: For tonsillitis of hypertrophy: not for middle ear infections.

Carotid endarterectomy: no diagnostic restrictions

Cataract extraction: no diagnostic restrictions

Coronary artery bypass: no diagnostic restrictions

Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty: no diagnostic limitations

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