A number of less serious problems may require an operation but not a major procedure. These operations do not usually require a prolonged in-patient stay although may still need a number of pre-operative investigations prior to the decision to operate.

Conditions that may require a minor operation

Appendicitis Haemorrhoids (piles)
Anal fissure Anal fistula or abscess
Anal skin tags Pilonidal sinus
Hernia Gallstones

What Happens?
  Admission to hospital on the day of surgery
  Procedure may be planned as a day case operation
  General anaesthetic (sometimes a local anaesthetic)
  Recovery from the operation
  Discharge from hospital with a plan of further treatment
  Review in the out-patient clinic to check on the post-operative recovery