After your operation

Once you are awake, you will be returned to the ward. Your friend or relative may sit with you if you wish. When you are more alert, you will be offered some light refreshments.
When you are fully recovered, you will be discharged home. If you have had a general anaesthetic, the minimum time before discharge will be about two hours. Patients who have had a local anaesthetic may be well enough to leave sooner. The nurse looking after you will inform you of what to expect over the next few days and will give you some information about your operation and appropriate after care. You will be given any pain killing tablets that you may need together with a letter for your doctor.
Most patients are discharged after a few hours' rest, but if for some reason you are not fit to go home, arrangements will be made for you to be admitted to a ward in the hospital.

If you have had a general anaesthetic, remember:

  • drugs remain in your body for up to 48 hours
  • you must be accompanied home by an adult
  • please try to rest for 24 to 48 hours
  • you must not operate machinery or drive a car for 48 hours
  • avoid alcohol
  • drink plenty of fluids and eat a light diet
  • take things easy
  • do not make any important decisions for 48 hours