Recovering From Surgery
Your recovery time and postoperative instructions will depend on the type of surgery performed. We provide personalised care and individualised treatment for each patient. Your treatment will be discussed in the pre and postoperative visits. Here are some general instructions for care after surgery.
- Crepe and woollen bandages can be removed and replaced with compression bandages (Tubigrip) after 24 hours (unless instructed otherwise).
- Keep the inner waterproof dressings intact until your review. Replace the dressings only if they become soaked or come off.
- Shower with the wound covered and keep the dressings clean and dry.
- The wound should be checked within 2 weeks of surgery.
- Do not submerge in a bath or pool until the wound is fully healed.
Crutches and slings:
- Please remain in the sling to immobilise the arm (unless instructed otherwise).
- Crutches maybe prescribed to aid mobility.
- Full weight-bearing: Use crutches only as required.
- Partial/Non-weight bearing: Continue the use of crutches until your review appointment.
- Swelling and bruising is normal after surgery and is part of the healing process.
- It is recommended that you keep the limb elevated and apply ice packs 3-4 times per day for the first 72 hours.
- Compression bandages (Tubigrip) may be used to reduce swelling.
- Some pain is normal after surgery and you will be prescribed pain medication upon discharge from hospital.
- Take the pain medications regularly in the first 72 hours and continue as necessary.
- Over-the-counter medication such as Panadol and anti-inflammatories can be used if you do not have any contraindications.
- You should not drive, drink or perform duties that require concentration whilst on narcotic medication.
- In the 1st post-operative week, continue with the prescribed exercises and restrictions you received from the hospital physiotherapist.
- You can see your own allied health professional (physiotherapist, chiropractor, osteopath, etc.) within the first week of surgery.
- You will be given a specific rehabilitation program at the first postoperative visit.
- This depends on the procedure performed.
- You should not drive unless cleared to do so by your doctor.
Return to work:
- Most surgeries will allow return to office work within 1-2 weeks.
- Labour intensive work may require a longer period before returning to full duties.
Should you have any concerns, please contact the rooms during business hours on (03) 9928 6288 or call your surgeon on the mobile phone number provided. If the matter is urgent, please contact the nearest emergency department or call 000.