Post-operative instructions

After the operation

After the operation, you will stay in the recovery room for 1-2 hours. Common post-operative complaints include pain, nausea, fatigue and thirst. The severity of the pain depends on the complexity of the operation, the size of the wound and the individual pain level. You don’t have to suffer post-operative pain. Feel free to tell the wake-up call nurse about your complaints. He or she will treat you and, if necessary, give you medication to relieve both pain and nausea.

From the wake-up area, you will move on to the regular area, where you will stay for 2-3 hours. Once you arrive at the ward, we will provide you with a light meal and you can recover safely under the supervision of our staff before heading home. When you leave hospital, you will take home care and wound care instructions with you.

On the day of the operation, we recommend moderate exercise. This speeds up recovery from surgery and reduces the risk of complications.

You will not be allowed to drive for 24 hours after general anaesthesia because your reaction time will be slowed. Therefore, please arrange for an escort to meet you at the clinic to take you home by car or use a taxi.

At home

Some exhaustion and pain after surgery is to be expected. We recommend moving around as much as possible and dealing with daily household chores. You can wash the wounds in the shower on the day after surgery. Many patients return to work in 1-2 days. We recommend waiting 2 weeks before sauna, bath and swimming.

You can start heavy exercise and muscle training in the area of the operation 3 weeks after the operation.

You should change the wound patches after showering for the first three days, then you don’t need to use them afterwards, and on the morning of the fourth day, you can remove the patches with the wound dressings and leave the wounds open. Wounds are always intradermal and melt on their own. You can find more detailed recommendations for wound care in the written instructions you will have received from the hospital.

Moderate physical activity contributes to the body’s recovery and reduces the risk of complications.

NB! After removal of the gallbladder, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the nutritional recommendations provided by the hospital.

NB! After thyroid surgery, monitor the surgical wound and the neck area. If it swells and is hard to the touch, it may indicate bleeding from the surgical wound. In this case, you may need emergency help. Call an ambulance or have a family member take you to the nearest EMO. A bruise inside the wound can compress the trachea and cause suffocation.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or problems.