Post Surgery Info

After Surgery – At the hospital 

  • You will be moved to the post-anesthesia recovery unit  where the surgical nursing specialists will monitor your breathing, heart rate, blood pressure and temperature until you leave the unit.
  • The length of time you spend in the post-anaesthesia recovery unit will depend on the type of anesthesia and surgery you had.
  • The nurse will encourage you to cough and take deep breaths to clear your lungs. They will also check your incision and monitor your pain.
  • Your friends and/or family will be informed during your recovery from surgery. Your nurse will let them know you’re ready to move to your room if you stay overnight in the hospital so that they can accompany you. If you are going home after surgery, your nurse will let them know when you can leave.


After Surgery – Discharge Process

  • There must be an adult ready to drive you home to be discharged.
  • The nurse will inform you about:
    • Making a follow-up appointment
    • Caring for your incision or bandages
    • Taking your medications
    • Activities you can do and when you can do them
    • What you can eat and drink


Day After Surgery

  • A nurse will contact you once you get home to check up on you and answer any questions.
  • Please immediately contact Mr Barmare if you have:
    • Ongoing and/or extreme nausea or vomiting
    • Fever and/or chills
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Any unusual swelling or pain


Managing Pain After Surgery

  • Before surgery, speak with Mr Barmare about:
    • Allergies to any medications
    • Medications and/or methods that you have tried that have or haven’t worked for you
    • Side effects of any medications you have experienced
    • Any over-the-counter or prescription medications you take
  • In the hospital,  pain management specialists will provide 24/7 care to control your pain.
    • To assist them in providing the best treatment, please be honest about your pain.


Medications to Treat Pain

  • Acetaminophen (Panadol)
  • Local anesthetics
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
    • Naproxen (Naprosyn)
    • Ibuprofen (Nurofen)
  • Opioids, such as morphine and codeine


You may be given Pain Relief:

  • At regular intervals
  • On request
  • Patient-controlled analgesia (painkiller)
  • Patient-controlled epidural analgesia

It is also possible to control pain without medicine and by using breathing and relaxation exercises.
Your care team will discuss the best way to handle your pain for your particular condition.

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