General Post Operative Information

General Post Operative Information

  • Individuals experience different recovery journeys reflecting a mix of lifestyles, genetics and levels of surgical intervention. Generally rest and recovery time is beneficial to allow your body to recover post surgery.  If your body is telling you to rest – rest post operatively.  Following post operative instructions as discussed during your pre operative visit will assist with an uneventful recovery. Your type of surgery will affect your post operative limitations.
  • Our nursing team is available Monday to Friday for reviews, nursing intervention or to answer any queries you may have.
  • Post operatively, unless instructed otherwise, you are required to keep your dressing(s) clean and dry.  Signs of infection include – redness, warmth (hot to touch), swelling, pain, exudate (pus/discharge) and/or generally feeling unwell.  If you display any signs of infection please contact our rooms immediately. You will have your first post operative appointment usually 7 – 10 days after your operation.
  • Post operative pain relief – you will be prescribed analgesia and possibly anti inflammatories during your time in hospital.  Nursing staff will explain your post operative medication prior to discharge from the hospital. Mr Timms’ nurses will also discuss pain relief at your first post operative visit.
  • Time off work – this should be discussed with Mr Timms as this is dependant on your type of surgery and the work that you do – Dr’s Certificates can be provided as required.
  • Driving – this is dependent on your type of surgery and will be discussed with Mr Timms during your preoperative appointment. In general, major surgery involving the abdomen and/or breasts will require avoidance of driving for 2-6 weeks, depending on the surgery type.