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Beginning your recovery

Your recovery starts now!

Find out what steps you can take to help you get back to your normal life sooner.

My Surgical Companion Brochure

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The ward

How long you stay in the ward will depend on the type of surgery you’ve had and your speed of recovery. For example, as an outpatient, you are probably only going to spend a few hours in the ward until you are ready to go home.

Regardless, your nurses will be taking care of you again, carrying out tests and checks, administering your medications and liaising with your doctors. Monitoring your pain with the pain scale is also part of a normal stay in the ward.

Keep track of your pain

It is very important that you keep track of your pain and that you alert a member of your healthcare team if you are in pain. Different people feel different levels of pain after surgery, so your nurses will not be able to tell how much pain you are in unless you tell them.

Remember, managing your pain can help speed up your recovery and get you home quicker.

See 'Your recovery' for more information.

Did you know?

Pain is one of the three most common medical causes of delayed discharge after day surgery, the other two being drowsiness and nausea or vomiting.1

Your recovery

Your recovery plan after leaving the hospital will depend on the type of surgery you had. But there are some general tips to help speed up your recovery and get you back to your normal life faster:

Eat healthy

Eat a healthy, balanced diet and stay well hydrated to offer your body all the nutrients it needs to heal.

Stay active

Be as active as you agreed is appropriate with your doctor. Early mobilisation can help speed up recovery and reduce the risk of complications.2,3

Back to routine

Gradually get back to your regular routine based on what you discussed with your doctor.

Setting milestones with your doctor can help you have realistic and concrete expectations about your recovery.

And don’t forget to continue monitoring your pain. Experiencing high levels of pain may impede your recovery after surgery.4

You can download the brochure and use it to monitor your pain and keep track of your milestones.

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Did you know?

Acute pain after surgery can also become chronic (if it persists for more than 2 months),5 so it is important to not ignore pain that you are experiencing and to alert your doctor.
  • References

    1. Vadivelu N et al. (2010) Yale J Biol Med. 83:11–25.

    2. Tayrose G et al. Bull Hosp Jt Dis. 2013;71:222–6.

    3. Pearse EO et al. J Bone Joint Surg. 2007;89:316–322.

    4. Wu CL et al. (2005) Reg Anesth Pain Med. 30:516–522.

    5. Neil, MJE et al. (2009) Rev Pain 3: 6–9.