Immediately Following the Operation
When the operation is over, you will have your pulse, blood pressure, breathing and wounds checked regularly by a nurse. It is usual to feel drowsy for several hours. You will be given oxygen through a face mask until you are more awake. Anaesthetics can sometimes make people feel sick. The nurse may offer you medication if the sick feeling does not go away, this will help to make you feel better. You will have a drip running into a vein in your arm/hand until you are eating and drinking again.
You must not drive or go home by public transport. Therefore, you must make arrangements for someone to collect you. It is not appropriate to go home unaccompanied in a taxi. The anaesthetic drugs remain in your body for 24 hours and during this time are gradually excreted from the body. You are under the influence of drugs during this time and therefore there are certain things that you should and should not do.
- Ensure that a responsible adult stays at home with you for 24 hours
- Rest quietly at home for the rest of the day
- Drink plenty of fluids, but not too much tea or coffee
- Avoid greasy or heavy food as this may cause you to feel sick
- Have a lie in the next day. It could take 2 – 3 days before the weariness wears off and you could suffer lapses in concentration for up to a week
For at least 24 hours after your operation you must not:
- Lock yourself in a bathroom or make yourself inaccessible to the person looking after you
- Operate any domestic appliances or machinery
- Drink alcohol
- Make any important decisions or sign any important documents
- Be responsible for looking after small children