The number of outpatient surgical procedures performed in France on the forefoot has grown rapidly in recent years.
The goal of this study was to evaluate experience and satisfaction of patients undergoing outpatient foot surgery using a telephone questionnaire developed for this purpose.
Material and methods
In 2012 and 2013, every patient who was admitted to the day surgery unit at our hospital for an open procedure on their forefoot was called the morning after the procedure. A nurse went through the 14-item questionnaire with the patient. The same perioperative protocol, written instructions and treatment were used for all patients.
Six hundred nineteen patients were included. The questionnaire response rate was 89% (n=540). Isolated hallux valgus surgery was performed on 319 patients (61%); 107 patients (20%) underwent hallux valgus surgery with lateral metatarsal osteotomy; 57 patients (10.5%) underwent first metatarsophalangeal fusion and 47 patients (8.5%) underwent a procedure on the lateral rays only. In the postoperative phase, 65% reported having satisfactory sleep quality, 32% had experienced nausea, 16% had experienced vomiting and 17% had experienced bleeding. Eighty percent of patients experienced pain (VAS≥1); 80% of these patients had their pain relieved by the prescribed treatment and 4% had not taken it. Nearly all the patients (99%) were satisfied with the outpatient care; the overall satisfaction score was 9.4 out of 10. There was a significant relationship between the type of procedure and vomiting, pain, bleeding and fever.
Outpatient care is becoming more common in response to economic challenges. The development of outpatient foot surgery appears to have satisfied the vast majority of operated patients. However, adjustments should be made to improve their tolerance to the pain management protocol. Although the logistics of performing follow-up call can be complicated, the patients appreciate receiving this call the next day. The call also seems to reassure both the patients and care providers.
Level of evidence
IV.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : Outpatient surgery, Hallux