After surgery, nursing staff will monitor your recovery and perform regular observations, such as blood pressure, oxygen levels and temperature. Once you are awake and alert, you will be informed when it is safe to eat, drink and gently get out of bed.
If you are a Day Patient, your nurse will contact your nominated person to collect you. If you are admitted to a ward for overnight stay, you may receive care from a range of medical, nursing, allied health and administrative caregivers.
Dressings or support garments will be applied after the procedure to protect the incision and support the operated region. You will receive written and verbal instructions on how to care for the area, both before and after your first post-operative visit. You may need time off work, and exercise routines may need to be ceased temporarily. Please do not apply any makeup, creams or lotions to the incision until advised, and please discuss any concerns you have with Dr Richardson or medical staff.
For a minimum of 24 hours after a general anaesthetic or sedation you should not: drive a motor vehicle, operate any machinery or tools, drink alcohol, make important decisions such as signing legal documents, or do anything that requires a high level of alertness.