General post-operative instructions:
Depending on the type and site of your surgery and anaesthetic, you may experience one or more of the following:
- Pain: Pain may be experienced immediately post-op, or only after the local anaesthetic or block wears off which can take up to 24hours. Please take the prescribed pain relieving medication prescribed for you on discharge.
- Bleeding: Some bleeding or ooze may come from your wound or operation site. There is no need for alarm unless it persists or appears to increase.
- Nausea: Nausea is common after anaesthesia and whilst taking analgesia. This is usually short in duration and if necessary take the anti-nausea medication prescribed for you on discharge.
- Dizziness: This is very common within the first 24hrs. Move slowly and carefully. Do not drive, operate hazardous machinery, make any important decisions, travel alone, engage in exercise or heavy work.
- Sore Throat: This is common after anaesthesia. This will almost always resolve within 24 hours.
Mobility – Dr. Chang will give you clear instructions regarding any protective bracing or restriction in mobility post-op. The hospital physiotherapist will ensure you have the appropriate mobility aide and are safe to go home.
Driving – Depending on your type and site of operation, you may be able to drive 24hrs after the anaesthetic. Dr. Chang will give you the clearance to drive when appropriate.
Dressing – Please keep all dressings intact and dry until your post-operative review appointment.