After Surgery

How you feel after surgery will depend upon the type of anaesthetic and your operation.

A local or regional anaesthetic block may have fewer side effects. These side effects may include; a sore throat, headache, sickness, dizziness, drowsiness, shivery or general aches and pains. When the block wears off (some people are slower to recover from anaesthetics than others), you will need pain-relieving medicines.

Your operation will affect how long before you can drink or eat. After having minor surgery this maybe as soon as you feel ready. After some major surgery you may feel like sitting up and having something to eat or drink within an hour of regaining consciousness.

Your Anaesthetist and Surgeon will usually visit you postoperatively, but this is not always possible for patients having Day Stay procedures.

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