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General Post Operative Instructions

These are general recommendations for most types of operations. Dr Pathma-Nathan will give you specific instructions as well depending on the type of surgery you have.


It is common to feel generally weak and tied after any operation. The body takes time to recover from both Anaesthetic and the surgery. It is important to rest adequately.


There are no restrictions at all. Start with small distances and increase as you feel stronger.


There are no restrictions at all. Initially, have someone assist you.


If you have incisions then do not lift more than 5kg for two – four weeks. If lifting causes pain then stop. Some operations have longer restrictions. Dr Pathma-Nathan will advice.


There are no restrictions at all. Short showers are best. Baths are not allowed. Wounds can be washed. Dry thoroughly afterwards by patting dry or using a hair dryer.


Not permitted for up to 2 weeks after discharge. Not permitted if taking any  strong pain killers.


May be recommended as soon as comfort levels permit or as advised.

Return to work

2 weeks if desk job. 4 weeks for physical demanding jobs. Some operations require longer time off. Dr Pathma-Nathan will advise.


Start with fairly bland, soft diet. Drink plenty of fluids. Slowly increase solid food intake and resume your normal diet. Remember a well balanced diet will help with healing.

Wound Care

The dressing will be changed before you leave hospital. This dressing will come off after a couple of days. No further dressings are required unless you feel more comfortable with one.

Keep the wound clean and dry.

Most stitches are dissolving. Sometimes stitches or clips will need to be removed. Dr Pathma-Nathan will arrange this.


Continue to take your usual medications and any new medications given to you in the hospital.

You will be given pain killers to take as you need them. Please note that some of these pain killers can cause constipation. Drink plenty of fluids and increase the fibre in your diet. Sometimes you may need to use a laxative such a Metamucil. Speak with your Doctor or Pharmacist about this.

When to contact your Doctor

  1. Fever greater than 38 Degrees.
  2. Pain not controlled with Pain Killers.
  3. Redness or leakage from wound.
  4. Opening of the wound.
  5. Unable to pass urine or pass bowels.
  6. Persistent nausea or vomiting.
  7. Any persistent Bleeding.
  8. Any other unexpected problems.

Contact Details: Dr Pathma-Nathan’s Rooms: 9689 2301. Bronwyn Williams Clinical Nurse: 0401 248 334

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