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Post-Operative Information

What To Do After Surgery

Post-Operatively, all patients are given a Post-Operative Information Sheet specific to the nature of their surgery. This sheet contains important details and informs them of the recommended post-operative care and details regarding follow-up appointments.


Your post-operative instruction sheet will contain detailed information on how to manage your dressings.

It is normal to have a small amount of red blood or clear fluid draining from the wound. If this increases, apply pressure for 10 minutes to the area. If this does not work, then please contact Dr Barnett’s Rooms on 03 9819 2031.

Your dressing will be changed and wound assessed during the first review appointment.


You will most likely have sutures in your incision. Some sutures are dissolving and will gradually disappear. If you have non-dissolving sutures or staples, Dr Barnett or his nurses will remove them 7-10 days post-operatively.

Do not smoke as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.

A prescription for antibiotics may be provided; please take the full course as directed. If you have been given an ointment, follow the instructions carefully as to its application.

If you have had surgery to your face you may experience bruising and swelling around eye and cheek areas. This is normal and will start to resolve within 7-10 days.

Observe the operated area for signs of infection: increased redness, swelling, separation of the skin, pus, a bad odour, or pain. Contact Dr Barnett’s rooms if this occurs.


  • Do not drive or operate hazardous machinery for the remainder of the day
  • Limit your activities for 24 hours
  • Do not engage in sports or heavy work until Dr Barnett approves it
  • A responsible adult should remain with you on the day and evening of your surgery

If you have had surgery of your hand or foot, please keep the affected limb elevated using pillows or slings to assist, as this will help reduce swelling and pain.


Local anaesthetic is usually administered to the wound during surgery by Dr Barnett, which can help relieve post operative pain. However, to avoid pain suddenly returning, start any prescription pain medication soon after returning home.

It is normal to experience some pain during the first 24-48 hours after your operation. Depending on the severity of the injury a prescription for pain medication may be provided. If a prescription is not provided, then over-the-counter pain medications such as Pandaol, Panadeine and Nurofen are usually very effective.

Do not drink alcohol when taking pain medication.

Dr Barnett will require you take your medications as per his directions. If this medication does alleviate your pain or discomfort, please contact Dr Barnett’s rooms on 03 9819 2031

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