For Patients

After Discharge

Follow Up Appointment

If you have not already been given an appointment for follow-up, you should contact our office. In most cases, this will be 3-4 weeks after being discharged home.


• In most cases, you will have hidden dissolvable stitches which do not require removal.

• Occasionally staples are used, in which case you will be told when they require removal. You will be given a staple remover which you should bring to your appointment.

• You should keep your wound(s) clean and dry.

• You should keep the wound(s) dressed for at least 7 days and until the skin has fully healed.

• You can change the dressing as required. Dressings are available from your local Pharmacy.

• Most wounds heal well but if the wound becomes painful, red, develops a lump or discharges fluid, pus or blood then you need to be reviewed by your Surgeon.


• You must not drive a motor vehicle on the same day after an anaesthetic or sedation.

• You should not drive after surgery until you can sit comfortably in the vehicle and drive in full control including being able to brake in an emergency.

• You may not be covered by insurance if you drive too soon after surgery or an anaesthetic.

Physical Activity

• Your Surgeon will advise how long you will need to avoid strenuous physical activity and heavy lifting.

• For minor procedures, this may be 1-2 weeks.

• For major procedures, this could be over 6-8 weeks.

• You should slowly and gradually return to full activity and avoid activities that cause significant pain or discomfort.

Time off work

• Your Surgeon will advise how long you need off work.

• Please contact our office if you require a medical certificate.


• Unless you have been given specific instructions you should follow a generally healthy diet whilst recovering from surgery.

Bowel Function

• Constipation is common following major surgery.

• Make sure you drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.

• You may need additional medication from your pharmacy to help. We suggest “Coloxyl” tablets and “Lactulose” liquid.

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