After Surgery Care
After surgery care is often as important a factor as the surgeon, or the surgery itself, and can make a big difference to the final result. Miss Lo believes that your postoperative surgical care begins with your consultation before surgery.
Following your consultation you will receive a detailed explanation of any proposed treatment, including the expected outcome and the possible complications. Information sheets may also be given to reinforce your discussion with Miss Lo so that you fully understand what is being planned and can ask as many questions as necessary for you. This ensures that there is plenty of time before surgery to address any questions about the procedure and recovery, and allows for the proper support systems to be put into place for an uncomplicated post-surgery recovery.
Miss Lo performs all her surgery in well-recognized and prestigious private hospitals.
Following minor surgery or day case surgery, Miss Lo will review you to discuss treatment taken place and will advise you with further instructions to ensure you have an enhanced recovery before your discharge from the hospital. It will be sensible to avoid driving for at least 24 hours due to side effects of general anaesthetic drugs. It is most likely that you will be returning to work within a week.
Following more major surgery, it is sensible, where possible, to ensure that a family member or friend is available to look after you in the first few days following discharge. Follow up appointments will be arranged to see Miss Lo.
Specific instructions about bathing, compression garments, physical activity, returning to work, and driving will be discussed before you are discharged from hospital. These instructions will depend on the nature of the surgery and your general health. You may also be given some discharge medications including painkilling tablets which you should take as instructed, even if the pain is not too bad. You may also require postoperative antibiotics and anticoagulation treatment. In general, it is expected to take between 4 to 6 weeks for full recovery and it is advisable that you have a phase return to work initially. It is recommended that you avoid driving, intensive physical activities and coitus for 6 weeks.
Once you have recovered from your surgery you may still require longer-term regular follow up or be discharged back into your GP’s care.
Unless there are special circumstances Miss Lo will write to your GP summarising the treatment that you have received.