Immediately after surgery

  • Your support person is required to check you out of the hospital and drive you home. Your support person must stay with you for at least 24 hours after surgery.
  • The effects of the general anaesthetic will still be in effect for 24 hours after your procedure.
  • Remove compression stockings as soon as you are regularly mobilising (even just getting up to go to the bathroom).
  • Take all prescribed medications. Take all medications with food to prevent nausea.
  • It is not unusual to experience post-operative nausea. To combat nausea, eat dry, solid food with small sips of water. Avoid taking all your medication at once and try to space out the doses by 30 minutes.
  • The clinic will telephone patients the day after surgery to arrange dressing changes and organise Skype appointments (for out-of-town patients).

General post-surgery instructions

  • Drink plenty of fluids, but limit coffee and tea as this may dehydrate you.
  • Diet should be as tolerated. Lots of healthy foods will help promote healing. Avoid foods with MSG or that may dehydrate you.
  • Prescription pain medication may cause constipation. Take prescribed laxatives, drink plenty of fluids, and gently walk around to relieve symptoms.
  • If you experience itchiness, throat tightness, rash, or wheezing, discontinue medications and contact the clinic – you may be experiencing an allergic reaction.
  • Do not drink alcohol for at least one week. Alcohol affects blood clotting.
  • If you experience EXTREME pain, swelling, heat that is more prominent on one side, or if you feel feverish, contact the clinic.
  • Keep dressings clean and dry. Do not remove unless instructed.
  • Follow post-operative instructions for showering times, if you shower too soon after surgery, you may get an infection.
  • If your dressing or your compression garment is too tight, contact the clinic.
  • Although you should rest and relax as much as possible, gentle walking around is important. This does not include cleaning the house or shopping.
  • If your surgery involved body parts from the waist up, please keep your torso elevated at a 45-degree angle to minimise swelling.
  • No smoking for at least eight weeks after surgery – this can cause extreme wound healing complications, which may result in the need for additional surgeries.
  • Do not swim, use a hot tub or sauna, or have a bath for six weeks.
  • Follow exercise guidelines written on your post-operative instructions.
  • You can return to work when cleared by the clinic. We can provide medical certificates if required.
  • Scarring after surgery is unavoidable but exposure to sunlight will make them even more visible. Sunlight can cause permanent hyper-pigmentation (darkening) so cover scars appropriately. It can take up to one year for scars to fully heal. Visit our page, Scarring After Surgery for more information.
  • Please contact the clinic at any point during your recovery.