Post surgery care

Going home 

You will not be allowed to drive home after your surgery, so please make sure that you have some-one who can drive you home and then keep you company for 24 hours after your anaesthetic. Please note that you will be advised not to make any legal decisions the first 24 hours following surgery.

Pain

Most pain usually resolves within a few days but can take up to 6 weeks after surgery to fully resolve. You should be given a prescription for pain medication before you leave the hospital. If your pain is not managed with this prescription, you should see your regular GP for further pain management.

Swelling

Some swelling around the surgical site is normal and will usually resolve within a couple of weeks.

Dressings

Please keep your dressings dry and intact until your follow-up visit with either Glenda our nurse or the Fracture Clinic.

IF YOU DEVELOP ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • Temperatures higher than 38C or chills or sweats
  • Severe pain, tenderness or increased swelling that is not relieved by rest and elevation
  • Shortness of breath or chest pain
  • Unusual amount of drainage on the dressing or foul smell at the dressing site
  • Any definite change in movement, colour, warmth or sensation
  • Nausea or vomiting

And you had surgery at the Albury Wodonga Private Hospital, contact Glenda the nurse on 02 6041 4879. After hours call the hospital on 02 6041 1411. 

OR, If you had surgery at the Albury Base Hospital, please contact the orthopaedic registrar or the fracture clinic at the hospital on: 02 6058 4444

Certificates

If you need a medical, carer’s, TAC or work-cover certificate, please contact our rooms to arrange this. It may take a couple of days for us to complete the certificate and post it to you.

Driving

As a general rule, we advise that you not drive for 6 weeks following surgery. If you have any concerns about this, please speak to your surgeon before your surgery. It is also a good idea to talk to your insurer about any restrictions they may have on your policy.

Flying

If you know that you are going to be flying soon after surgery, please speak with your surgeon regarding any restrictions or precautions that you should be taking.