@Mary: I agree -- don't think it has to do with insurance. The trend now is to send patients home as soon as possible. You are actually MORE likely to get sicker and pick up an infection IN THE HOSPITAL. My hubby had appy a few months ago. His was supposed to be "keyhole" too & go home the next day, but he had ruptured... ended up staying one week. Recovery after, due to complications, was easily two months due to large incision and infection.<quoted text>
Dont think its insurance - we get free healthcare in the UK and my 13 yar old son had his taken out at 8 pm on Thursday and was sent home about 10pm on the Friday (his was by keyhole surgery though!)
So.. as with all things .. it all varies greatly because every patient is different and reacts differently.