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Surgical Short Stay

After Surgery

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Will I have pain?

Some pain is to be expected following any type of surgery, and those carried out in Surgical Short Stay are no different. The degree of pain or discomfort that you will feel will vary depending on the type of surgery you have, and your own pain threshold.

You may have painkillers dispensed to you to take home.

You should be aware that any medication dispensed by Surgical Short Stay carries a normal prescription charge, unless you are exempt.

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What can I do once I am home?

You will need to rest once at home. Drink plenty of fluids, and have a light meal if you wish.

You should make sure that you take your pain relievers regularly as prescribed.

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After a General Anaesthetic

For the first 24 hours or so you may just want to sleep. The day after surgery you should be up and about.

Anaesthetic will affect each patient differently, but you should not expect to do anything too strenuous. You can be moderately active, but it is important that you listen to your body and rest if you become less comfortable.

For 36 hours after surgery all patients should NOT:

  • Drive a car
  • Ride a bicycle
  • Drink alcohol
  • Be solely in charge of any dependants
  • Make any important decisions or sign any legal documents

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When can I go back to work?

We strongly advise you to have at least one day off work or study following an anaesthetic. You may need longer than this to recover properly depending on the type of surgery. Please be advised by your pre-assessment nurse or Surgical Short Stay staff.

A doctor's certificate for time off work can be provided for you on the day of surgery. Please advise nursing staff on your arrival if you require one.

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