After your operation
Day Stay Surgery
Your operation may be performed as day stay surgery which means you get to go home on the same day, after spending a bit of time resting in our day stay unit. A light meal will be provided. Our nurse will keep a close eye on you during your stay, and when you are safe and comfortable, you can go home. Mr Francis Ting will try to see you before your discharge to go through the operation detail, what was done, expectations and recovery plan.
Your operation may require you to stay overnight in hospital for observations, wound check, pain management and recovery. Most of Mr Francis Ting’s operation only require one overnight stay and you will get to go home the next morning, provided you are safe and comfortable. With his hip and knee joint replacement surgery, you may require to stay 2-3 nights to be functionally independent and safe prior to discharge. Mr Francis Ting will see you at the end of his operating day to go through the operation detail, what was done, expectations and recovery plan. He will also see you the following mornings to ensure you are recovering well and to answer any further questions you may have.
Before you are discharged from hospital, we will make sure you can manage your sling, crutches, dressings and post-operative pain medications. You will be given your medication script, post-operative instructions and follow-up appointment detail.
You will need someone to drive you home from hospital on the day and also to stay with you for at least the first night after surgery. Your first follow up appointment will be at 2 weeks with Mr Francis Ting’s nurse, Kerin for a wound check. Depending on the operation, you may see the hand therapist prior to wound check, to start early rehab.
Depending on your surgery, you may need pain medication up to a week, especially for the first 2-3 days of your post operative recovery. If able, safely apply ice packs to the surgical area, but please ensure you keep dressings dry and clean. Cold therapy is especially important after exercises to help with pain and swelling. The initial phase of your recovery (first 2 weeks) should emphasise on wound healing, reduction of inflammation, swelling and pain. With shoulder surgery, you may find it more comfortable to sleep prop up on pillows or in a recliner. Please follow your provided post-operative instructions.
There are detailed rehabilitation plans on our website, which your physiotherapist can help you with. Please correlate this with your post-operative plan for patient specific instructions. Rehab usually starts at 2 weeks and is graduated in a controlled fashion over 12 weeks.
Please do not hesitate to contact our office with any concerns. For urgent after hour matters, please present yourself to urgent care or hospital, and contact our office during working hours to inform us of any events.