Following the Operation
Our entire multi-disciplinary team will work together to ensure that your stay at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital is as comfortable and streamlined as possible.
The nurses on the ward or the critical care area will check your vital signs (e.g. BP, heart rate) frequently in the first 24-48 hours. The nurses will liaise with members of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure a safe, effective recovery and timely discharge home.
The physiotherapist will see you daily to carry out a plan of rehabilitation specific to your needs. You will be encouraged to carry out the exercises the therapists give you on your own once it is safe to do so and to walk on your own once it is safe to do so.
The pain team will visit you to ensure adequate pain relief is provided. You will have some pain and this is normal, we will make you comfortable enough to work with your therapists to achieve your recovery goals.
The discharge planning process begins at the pre-operative clinic. We will ask about your home circumstances and transport arrangements at clinic and again when you come in for your operation. After you have been to outpatient clinic this is a good time to start planning who will help at home and who will take you to and from the hospital.
When you have met the discharge criteria found in your patient booklet, for example, you have achieved your therapy goals and have adequate pain control, you will be discharged home. Patients normally go home four to six days after their operation or sooner.
All necessary medication will be given to you before you go home.