Outpatient procedures have become increasingly common and its a bit surprising what they can perform in the doctor's office these days. But serious medical problems still require serious anaesthesia and serious hospital stays. The average American in fact will undergo about 9 surgeries in their lifetime.
I haven't gone under the knife since almost 40 years ago (tonsilectomy and hernia) but I distinctly remember feeling extremely crappy the next day and it was weeks before I felt quite right again. Mrs. Maister is looking at surgery in the not too distant future and is understandibly a little concerned (I think, however, she must spend most of her free time reading medical horror stories about surgeons leaving gloves, watches, or surgical instruments inside patients or accidently doing the wrong procedures and/or removing the wrong organs. I get the impression she feels there's about a 95% chance something will go wrong!) In fairness to her she has never done well with anaesthesia and I've seen myself that it takes her upward of 3-4 days to completely shake off the effects of the anaesthesia.
How about you - are you well on your way to achieving your 9.2 lifetime surgeries? Have you ever had a surgeon screw up on you or someone else you know? How did your recovery go?