ADVICE AFTER MINOR OPERATION

If you recently had a minor operation, please note the following:

 

Wound Management:

  • Where possible keep wounds elevated to reduce swelling; this is especially important for surgery on the lower limbs. For surgery on head and neck sleep with 2 pillows for the first 2 nights.

  • If you are provided with Chlorsig ointment, apply it to the wound 3 times every day for 3 days. Avoid washing the wound during those days. After the third day stop using the ointment and you can wash the wound.

  • If wound covered with glue you can have water on it, just dap it dry don’t rub it. The glue will start to peel off in 7-10 days.

  • If your wound is covered with a water proof dressing you can shower but not bath, pat the dressing dry, do not rub it. If the inside of the dressing becomes wet please get the dressing changed. The wound need to be kept covered with a dressing for 5 – 7 days.

  • Avoid strenuous exercises and stretching the skin around the wound for few days.

 

Pain relief

  • Use Panadol or Panadeine (Not both) for pain relief, those are available from your local supermarket. Take 2 tablets of either medication each time for up to 4 times a day, with no less than 4 hours in between the doses. Other medication for pain relief can cause bleeding tendency or gastric upset, consult your doctor first.

  • Occasionally a prescription for Tramadol or Codeine is provided, please note these drugs cause drowsiness, do not drive or operate heavy machinery when using them.

 

Possible complications

  • If the wound bleeds, remove the dressing then apply direct firm pressure to the wound itself using a dry clean cloth (Gauze might have be provided to you after the procedure). Keep a firm pressure for 10 minutes at least, Do NOT apply a tourniquet, if bleeding does not stop, go to the emergency department. You will need to have the wound covered with a sterile dressing after bleeding stops.

  • If wound becomes red, hot and swollen or there is excessive discharge into the dressing, it may be infected, please contact your own doctor for examination.

 

Follow up

  • Stitches to be removed as directed by Mr El-Haddawi. You can have them removed by the GP or his practice nurse. Its advisable to cover the wound for 24 hours after removal of the suture.

  • Copy of histology results will be available to your doctor in about 10-14 days.

 

Regular medication

  • You can take all your regular medications after the procedure.

  • If you are on any of blood thinning drugs (e.g. Dabigatran, Pradaxa, Warfarin, Aspirin, Disprin, Cartia etc.) then resume the normal dose on the day after procedure, unless there is excessive bleeding. Consult your doctor if you are worried.

 

 

Mr. Falah El-Haddawi

General Surgeon