Department of Health

Procedures suitable for day surgery

A list of procedures identified as suitable for day surgery in Victoria.

This list identifies examples of suitable procedures that can be safely performed as day surgery by applying the key principles outlined in this tool kit.

It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of procedures suitable for day surgery at all Victorian health services. It is important to always consider the capability of the individual site where the surgery is being performed.

  • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusions
  • Breast biopsy
  • Carpal tunnel release
  • ENT biopsies
  • Hand procedures
  • Inguinal hernia repair
  • Knee procedures including arthroscopy
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Lens procedures
  • Muscle, nerve and temporal artery biopsies
  • Nasal procedures, fractured nose manipulation, rhinoplasty, septoplasty
  • Paediatric OSA, grommets, and some middle ear/mastoid procedures
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Skin and subcutaneous procedures/excisions
  • Simple cervical decompression and foraminotomies
  • Simple lumbar decompression and microdiscectomies
  • Sinus procedures
  • Skull tumours and other wholly intraosseous lesions
  • Some shoulder procedures
  • Surgical termination of pregnancy
  • Tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy
  • Total hip arthroplasty (THR)
  • Total knee arthroplasty (TKR)
  • Umbilical hernia repair
  • Uni-compartmental knee replacement

Reviewed 24 July 2023