Your treatment or surgery will be delivered by highly-qualified and highly skilled specialists and you can rest assured that you will receive the best possible care. After your treatment or surgery, consultant-led follow-up care will strive to ensure that you make a full and swift recovery.
If, during or after your care with the Medical Specialist Group, you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of our service, please call 238565.
Taking Care of Surgical Wounds
Most surgical wounds need to be kept clean and dry; if you have a water proof dressing, you can take a quick shower and leave the same dressing in place.
If your dressing is not waterproof, you can shower with the dressing removed and apply a new one after carefully drying the area.
Once the wound is healed and there is no leakage, you can leave it uncovered (some wounds can be washed/showered from day one after the operation – you will be advised prior to leaving hospital).
Wounds may be closed in various ways
|These need to be removed between 5 and 21 days after your operation, depending on the site of the wound. You will be advised prior to leaving hospital
||Leave these on the wound until they fall off themselves (if they are very moist within a few days of the surgery they may need replacing).
|These dissolve on the inside of the body and the outside pieces fall away. This can take up to a month.
||This does not need removing and will come away from the skin in time. A follow up appointment may not routinely be offered when dissolvable sutures or glue have been used.
While every effort is made to minimise wound infections following surgery, they may occur. Infections can develop at any time until the wound has fully healed (usually two to three weeks after your operation). You may have an infection if you notice one or more of the following:
- Increased redness of the area
- Increased pain or tenderness
- Increased heat around the wound
- A green or yellow leakage of fluid from the wound
- Feeling generally unwell and flu-like
- Raised temperature
If you are concerned about any of these symptoms, please telephone the Medical Specialist Group and an appointment can be made for you to see one of our nurses between 8.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. If you need to be seen urgently outside of these hours, contact your GP or the Accident and Emergency Department at the hospital (the usual charges will apply when visiting your GP or A&E).
You may be given painkiller tablets or a prescription when you leave hospital. Please be aware that several painkillers contain Paracetamol and you should be careful not to exceed the recommended daily limit of 4 grams per day for an adult. Paracetamol is an effective painkiller and works better if it is taken on a regular basis.
Ibuprofen can work well with Paracetamol. If you are able to take Ibuprofen (always after food or milk) this can be taken at the same time or at other times in the day depending on your needs. If you find your pain is poorly controlled and would like some advice, please ring the Medical Specialist Group.
||Unless your consultant has told you a specific date to begin driving again, you may drive when you feel competent to do so and able to perform an emergency stop without hesitation. If you are unsure as to the level of your insurance cover, please check with your insurance company as some insurers have rules regarding this.
||Most surgery on the abdomen involves some cutting of muscle, even with keyhole surgery. As a general rule lifting anything heavier than a full kettle is inadvisable until 4 weeks after any abdominal surgery. Your consultant will advise you of any other specific instructions.
|Eating & Drinking
||Unless you have been given specific advice regarding diet & fluid intake, you should try to eat a balanced diet containing fruit & vegetables and drink plenty of fluids.
||Smoking delays wound healing; if you do smoke, try to cut down the number of cigarettes per day, or better still, give up altogether. Quitline is available for advice on 233170.
|Returning to work
||Your consultant will offer you advice on returning to work. If you require a sick certificate, please ask for one to be written out for you before you leave hospital.