Pre and post surgery instructions
What happens when a surgery is planned?
- Patient is usually admitted on the same day of the surgery or a day prior to surgery in the evening.
- After admission, patient is examined and investigations reviewed by the team doctors.
- A member of the anaesthesia team conducts the pre-anaesthetic checkup (PAC) and pre-operative investigations are performed if needed.
- A patient would need to be fasting overnight or for 8 hours before the surgery (the patient is not allowed to take even water during this time).
Surgery : The patient is shifted to the operating theatre about an hour or so prior to the surgery. The surgery is done under General Anaesthesia (GA). The procedure is of approximately 20-30 minutes duration in most cases.
After Surgery : As soon as the surgery is over, patient’s attendants are intimated by the nursing staff about the surgery being completed and the patient is shifted to the recovery ward under the care and supervision of the anaesthesia team. The patient is observed in the recovery ward normally for few hours after surgery and then shifted back to the room.
Discharge : The patient is discharged within few hours after the surgery on the same day or next day of operation unless there is some associated medical problem. Waterproof dressings are applied on the port sites and the patient may bathe when comfortable.
The patient is advised to visit again after 5 days when the dressings are removed. On discharge, a discharge summary with the advised medication is handed over to the patient along with the date of the first follow up appointment.
How long will I have to stay in the hospital after surgery?
Will my insurance cover the procedure?
Insurance coverage will depend upon individual insurance plan. Please confirm with your insurance cover provider.
Points to Remember
Diet after surgery
- The patient is generally allowed to have sips of water immediately after the operation and liquids on the day of operation. The liquids may include water/clear soups/ tea/ coffee/ salted lassi as advised by the dieticians.
- Next day onwards, normal diet is given and there are no specific restrictions on diet.
Exercise/Movement: As soon as the patient is out of the anaesthesia and is shifted to the room, patient is up and about and can start moving on his/her own and attend to toilet needs. In fact movements are encouraged is most patients because this causes a dramatic reduction in pain and increase the sense of well being. There are no restrictions whatsoever for the physical movement. The patient is allowed to walk as soon as he/she recovers from sleep. There is no restriction on climbing stairs, lifting weight. the patient can resume his/her daily routine/activities as he/she feels comfortable as there are no specific restrictions from our end.
Dressing: In most of the patients, no change of dressing is required till follow-up which is after 5 days of surgery.