Questions & Answers The Surgical Experience About Anaesthesia 

How soon after my operation will I be allowed to get up?

That depends on the kind of surgery and anaesthetic you've had. Your team and nurses will let you know what to expect. Normally, though, you will be encouraged to be up and about as soon as possible after your operation.

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Will I have to take medication after my surgery?

Painkillers and antibiotics are often prescribed after surgery. Please check to make sure nothing you are allergic to has been prescribed, then take your medications as prescribed. Even if your pain is only moderate, using your pain relief medication will make your overall experience considerably more comfortable.

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What should I do if I have a problem outside of normal office hours?

After your surgery, you will be given the mobile number of the practice nurse to call if you have an out of hours emergency. During business hours you can contact our team and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Will I need to wear compression stockings?

Surgical procedures that take more than an hour carry a risk of blood clot formation (deep vein thrombosis). Being up and about after surgery helps avoid this, as does wearing compression stockings. Whilst in hospital you will be given compression stockings and it is useful to continue wearing them for a few days after your surgery. This is particularly true if your journey home will take more than one hour. Please discuss this in detail with our surgeon or the nursing staff.

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Will I need to wear a surgical garment?

After some surgical procedures tight fitting surgical garments are used to help reduce bruising and remove excess water from the tissues. However, if they are excessively tight or create folds over your skin they can cause problems. If you feel your garment is either too tight or too loose, please contact the practice so we can provide you with a better fitting one.

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Will I have to eat a special diet after my surgery?

After certain operations such as facelift with neck lift, chin augmentation or buccal fat reduction, you will be advised to avoid all food that needs chewing for the first week. Your diet will be based on things like soup, mashed potatoes, yoghurt, creamed vegetables and, of course, liquids. You should be able to brush your teeth normally but if there are cuts on the inside of your mouth it is advisable to use a soft toothbrush and rinse with mouthwash two or three times a day.

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