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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.

Dressings

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 Mr Barnett’s Rooms on 03 9819 2031

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

Wound

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 they will be removed by Mr Barnett ‘s nurse 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 Mr Barnett’s rooms if this occurs.

Activity

  • 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 you have been given permission.
  • 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.

Pain

Local anaesthetic is usually administered to the wound during surgery by Mr Barnett, which can help relieve post operative pain; however, to avoid pain suddenly returning once you are discharged, start any prescribed 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.

You are required to take your medication as directed by Mr Barnett. If this medication does alleviate your pain or discomfort, please contact Mr Barnett’s rooms on 03 9819 2031