Post-Operative Instructions and Care
We have compiled a list of post-operative instructions for you after your surgery…
Post operative appointment
At the time of your surgery booking you would have been given a time and date to attend a post operative appointment. If this did not occur, or you have forgotten your appointment details, please contact our practice and we will arrange this for you. Post operative appointments are generally 10 – 14 days after your surgery.
The recovery period for surgery is generally 10 days. During this time we advise you to undertake light physical activity only. Driving is not recommended until at least 7 days after surgery as you will find that your neck will be fairly stiff and you may not be able to turn your head to see any nearby traffic. Swimming is also not recommended to ensure that the wound is allowed to heal. If you plan to fly or travel large distances during the first 2 weeks after surgery please contact our rooms for advice. You are encouraged to perform neck exercises after your surgery to help assist the healing process. A list of these exercises can be found in the above list of downloadable pamphlets.
Dr Sywak will change your wound dressing at your post operative appointment. If it happens to fall off before then please get some ‘micropore tape’ from your local chemist and place over the wound, changing every 2 or 3 days.
Call for concern
If you notice any significant swelling and your wound has become red, hot or itchy, or if you feel increasingly tired or unwell please contact our practice immediately for further advice. If you have any concerns after office hours please contact your GP or present at the nearest hospital emergency department.
If you are discharged on calcium or rocaltrol supplements please refer to the above downloadable pamphlets regarding medication reductions.
For patients discharged on thyroxine, your dose will be managed by Clin. A/Prof Mark Sywak and your other specialists.
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