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A number of orthopaedic procedures, such as arthroscopy, are suitable for day surgery admission. This enables you to be admitted an hour or so before your planned surgery and return home the same day. If this is a suitable option for your surgery, you will be given a date and time for your admission. You will also receive the relevant admission documents for the hospital of choice.
Once you have fully recovered and had something to eat or drink, the nursing staff will prepare you for discharge. You will be given full post-operative and wound care instructions prior to your departure. An appointment to see your doctor will also have been arranged.
If required, the anaesthetist will order post-operative pain relief and give you a prescription to fill on your way home or the next day. In most cases, Aspirin should be avoided after surgery as it can cause bleeding.
It is important to remember that if you have had sedation or a general anaesthetic the effects will still be felt for the next 24 hours. It is therefore advisable to observe the following:
It is not uncommon for patients to experience some post-operative pain, nausea, muscle pain or even a sore throat following discharge. In most instances these will settle over the next 12-24 hours. However, should you experience on-going problems, the day surgery staff and your Doctor should be notified.