Postoperative Instructions

Postoperative information about procedures offered by the John Flynn Colorectal Centre.

Anorectal Surgery - Postoperative Instructions

Anal surgery can be painful. Unless otherwise directed you should use paracetamol one gram every six hours and ibuprofen 400 milligrams every eight hours for the next 48 hours. You should not expect to resume work for four days. Sport and vigorous physical activities should be avoided for two to three weeks.

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Bowel Surgery - Postoperative Instructions

Most patients having bowel surgery are ready for discharge after five to seven days. Some elderly patients or patients living alone may require a short period of convalescence prior to returning home. Dressings can be removed five days after surgery.

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Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy - Postoperative Instructions

The gallbladder is removed under general anaesthesia using a minimally invasive technique that requires just four small puncture wounds on the abdomen. You may need to use simple analgesics, paracetamol 500mg - 2 tablets six hourly or ibuprofen 200mg - 2 tablets eight hourly, for the first few days.

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Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery - Postoperative Instructions

Laparoscopic inguinal hernia surgery is performed via three small incisions in the lower abdomen, while open inguinal hernia surgery is performed via a single larger groin incision. It is normal to have significant pain for the first few days after surgery. This is best treated with a combination of paracetamol two tablets every 4-6 hours and ibuprofen two tablets every 8 hours.

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Mesh Repair Umbilical Hernia - Postoperative Instructions

Most patients are quite sore after this surgery. You will be given painkillers to take home with you. You should take these regularly for the first 48 hours or so. You should not drive for four days after the surgery. You can walk around as much as you like but you should not undertake any heavy physical activities for six weeks.

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Rubber Band Ligation - Postoperative Instructions

Discomfort or a sensation of needing to use your bowels may be experienced after this procedure but significant pain is uncommon. Local anaesthetic will provide initial pain relief but this will wear off over the next few hours. If you develop pain it is important to take some pain killers early so that it does not worsen.

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Surgery for Haemorrhoids, Fissures and Fistulas - Postoperative Instructions

Wounds around the anus cannot be stitched closed because of the risk of infection. As a result you may have an open wound dressed in the operating theatre. The outer dressing can be removed in the evening of your surgery. Any other dressing can be easily removed in the bath or shower at the same time. Salt baths are recommended

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