When you are ready for discharge, the nurse will discuss any care instructions that you need to follow and provide you with a written copy to take home. Please follow all the instructions from your surgeon, including any post-operative medication requirements and dressing instructions. Following discharge, you are allowed to eat and drink as instructed by your surgeon.
If required, an appointment time will be provided for a post-operative review at your surgeon’s rooms.
Patients who have been sedated are not allowed to travel home by themselves. Once you are fully recovered, you will be handed over into the care of the person taking you home. You may feel slightly drowsy for 24 hours after your surgery. During this time, you are not allowed to drive, operate machinery, consume alcohol or sign any legal documents. If you have young children, please arrange for someone else to look after them.
Patients who have not had sedation can travel home by themselves once they have received their discharge instructions.
One of our nurses may contact you by phone to check on your progress the following day. If you or your carer have any concerns, please contact us immediately on (08) 7078 5978 or call your surgeon’s rooms.