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Discharge Information following Surgery

Pain Management

Unless contraindicated, I would encourage you to take regular simple analgesia including paracetamol and ibuprofen.

You may be discharged with a prescription for stronger medication such as Endone or Palexia to take in addition.

If your pain is severe please seek medical attention.

Constipation

You may become constipated after general anaesthesia/surgery.

Some pain relief drugs are also constipating. You can take a simple stool softener such as Coloxyl or Movicol daily until your bowel habit is regular.

Wound Care

There may be a dressing still covering your incision when you go home. This dressing is waterproof. This dressing can be removed 7 days after discharge home. After this dressing is removed no further dressing should be required.

Driving

There are no laws restricting driving post operatively. You should not drive 24 hours post general anaesthesia.

Do not drive if you are on strong painkillers. If you cannot stand hard and fast on the brakes, wear a seatbelt or check your blind spot then you should not drive. This usually takes 2 weeks as a rough guide.

Physical Activity

You should gently ease your way back into physical activity. Walking and normal activities of daily living are encouraged. No strenuous sport or activities. You should avoid heavy lifting for 6 weeks post-surgery.

Follow Up

You should already have a follow up appointment booked. Mr Yellapu will advise you if he needs to see you earlier.

If you have any concerns post discharge from Hospital you can call Mr Yellapu’s rooms. There are times when the rooms are unattended. Do not leave a message.

If you cannot reach Mr Yellapu’s rooms please call the Hobart Private Day Surgery Unit 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday 03 6214 3520 or after-hours Hobart Private Emergency Department 03 6214 3080 and they will contact Mr Yellapu.