Post-operative care, discharge and & follow-up

Post-operative care, discharge and & follow-up

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.

Prior to discharge, you will be given advice and information regarding:

  • Post-operative wound / dressing care and scar management.
  • Any limitations on mobility or showering.
  • Post-op medications including analgaesia (pain relief) and antibiotics, if required.
  • Any referrals to allied health care (e.g. hand therapy) or post-op investigations (e.g. X-rays).
  • Your post-operative appointment time and location, for review and suture removal.
  • A contact number in the case or an emergency or any concerns.

Your feedback about your care and our services is important to us. We appreciate and welcome your comments and use this information to help us review and always improve our care. A Patient Feedback Form will be sent to you after your procedure.

Photographic recordings form part of your confidential medical record and may be used to assist in the diagnosis, treatment and outcome assessment of your condition. They may also provide a resource for communication with other healthcare professionals, through medical teaching, research and audit.

All patients have before and after photographs taken that are kept with your record. On some occasions, Dr Richardson will use these photographs, with reasonable identity protection, for education or marketing purposes. If you would prefer your photographs not to be used in this way, please indicate this on your Patient Registration Form. Rest assured, this will not affect that the standard of care you receive. You may withdraw your consent to the use of photographs at any time; however, if published, withdrawal of consent may not be possible. No fees are paid for publication or broadcast; and you may ask a relative, friend or nurse to be present during the photography session.

Following your procedure, you will need to attend Dr Richardson’s rooms for aftercare review, generally scheduled within a week of your surgery. The purpose of this is to assess your healing and ensure you are making a healthy recovery. In some cases, sutures may need to be removed and any pathology results discussed. There are no surgical consultation fees during this routine aftercare period; excluding additional items, such as: garments, splints, creams, tapes or silicone gel.

Routine aftercare (RAC) varies depending on the procedure performed:

  • Skin procedures: 14 days
  • Fracture surgery: 6 weeks
  • Major procedures with a Medicare item number: 4 weeks
  • Cosmetic surgery: 12 months

Should subsequent appointments be required that fall outside of this aftercare period, a review fee will apply.

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