Common Medical Procedures & Surgeries That Last Under An Hour From Start To Finish

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Contrary to popular belief, if you have been either advised or have chosen to be booked in for a medical procedure or surgical operation, it is entirely possible that in some cases, although obviously not all, that you will be in and out of the operating theatre in under sixty minutes.

With that being said, continue reading to discover some of the most common medical procedures and surgeries that last under an hour from start to finish.

Trigger Finger Surgery

Trigger Finger is a colloquial term that refers to when one or more of the fingers of your hand are bent forward and remain in this position. The medical name for Trigger Finger is Stenosing Tenosynovitis, and its main cause is thought to be the inflammation of the tendons that are used to move each individual finger.

Trigger Finger only takes half an hour at most to complete and can make a real difference in reducing the levels of pain and discomfort felt on sometimes a daily basis.

Cataract Operations

One of the most commonly performed surgical procedures is the removal of one or more cataracts from the eye, and surprisingly, this operation is only approximately thirty minutes from start to finish.

A cataract is essentially a clouding of the lens of either one of your eyes or both, and during a cataract operation, your original lens are removed and replaced with brand new cataract lenses.


Rhinoplasty is basically when an individual undergoes an operation to improve the aesthetic appearance of their nose or, more commonly, to improve breathing and alleviate difficulties in taking in enough oxygen through the nostrils.

Rhinoplasty operations can take as little as one hour or at the most two, and reasons to opt for rhinoplasty can include, but are in no way limited to:

  • Deep dissatisfaction with the shape of one’s nose
  • Problems with breathing
  • The improvement of one’s facial appearance on a cosmetic level
  • Fixing of the nose after an accident or injury

Hernia Surgery

A hernia is when part of an internal organ, muscle, or bone breaks through to visibly protrude on the surface of the skin and usually develops on areas between the hips and the chest.

Causes of hernias are numerous and can include muscle fatigue, muscle weakness, broken bones, unrelated operations, chronic coughing, aging, constipation, and even pregnancy.

Typically, the operation to remove a hernia takes between forty-five minutes and an hour and forty-five minutes; however, the recovery time is significantly longer, averaging between weeks and months.


A tonsillectomy is most commonly performed when the patient is either suffering from reoccurring tonsilitis, suffering from sleep apnea, or prone to breathing problems either at night, during the day, or both.

At the very most, the entire tonsillectomy operation will take thirty minutes to complete from start to finish, and you will only be asked to remain in the hospital afterward for around two hours.