Abstract Ambulatory surgery was introduced to Asia in the 1990s. Acceptance of ambulatory surgery by oriental patients remains largely unknown. A telephone survey was conducted to evaluate the level of patient satisfaction following ambulatory inguinal hernia repair. A total of 157 patients (61%) completed the telephone survey. More than 90% of the respondents expressed satisfaction with regard to the pre-operative, operative and post-operative service. The majority of the respondents (>80%) preferred to undergo day surgery again in case of hernia recurrence. Our findings prove that ambulatory surgery has a high level of acceptance in Chinese patients and supports the expansion of a day surgery service in Hong Kong.