POST-OPERATIVE INFORMATION

Weight loss surgery

Abdominoplasty

Immediately after your surgery:

  • Rest quietly – no exercise, lifting, bending or stretching above your head for 1 week.

  • You may experience some swelling, bruising and you also may experience some tenderness around the drain sites.

  • You may need to sleep with some slight elevation (on 2 pillows) for the first week or so.

  • Take strong pain relieving medication as prescribed and only if required. Panadol 4-6 hourly usually helps.

Taking care of your wound, showering and what to do before your next appointment:

  • You may get the tapes wet, pat them dry with a towel or use a hair dryer to dry them if you wish.

  • The white tape on your abdominal scar should be left in place until you see us in the rooms approximately 7-10 days following your surgery. If the belly button tape dislodges remove it and apply moisturiser to the suture line only.

  • You must wear your abdominal binder day and night for 6 weeks after your surgery. You may remove it to clean it and you can take it off for a shower.

  • You may form a seroma which is a collection of fluid in your abdomen, this occurs by overdoing things, not resting, incorrect wear or by not wearing your binder. This fluid will need to be drained via your scar with a needle and syringe. Therefore your binder needs to be worn correctly and as firm as possible to reduce the risk of this occuring.

  • You may drive when you feel safe to, but avoid it if possible for 2 weeks.

Post-operative appointment:

  • Your first initial post-op appointment will be made around 10 days post your surgery date.

  • Your tapes will be changed, the wound will be assessed and then redressed. Any remaining sutures will also be removed.

Things to note:

  • If you develop any swelling, bruising, redness, pain, wound discharge or fevers, please contact the rooms on 8267 3976 or see your local GP (if you are unable to get into the rooms). If after-hours, contact the Nurse Manager of the hospital where you had your procedure.

  • Appointments up until 6 weeks post your surgery date are post-operative appointments. After that period a review fee will take effect.

  • Any further questions please contact the rooms on 8267 3976.

Arm reduction

Immediately after your surgery:

  • Rest quietly – no exercise, lifting or bending for 10 days.

  • You may experience some swelling and bruising.

  • Take pain relieving medication as prescribed and only if required. Panadol 4-6 hourly usually helps.

Taking care of your wound, showering and what to do before your next appointment:

  • Leave the white tape that is covering your suture lines in place until you come and see us 10 days after your surgery (if the tapes become soiled you may change them).

  • You may get the tapes wet, pat them dry with a towel or use a hair dryer to dry them if you wish.

  • You must wear your arm supports (tubi-grip) or surgical garment day and night for 6 weeks after your surgery. You may remove it to clean it and you can take it off for a shower.

  • You may drive when you feel safe to, but avoid it if possible for 2 weeks.

Post-operative appointment:

  • Your first initial post-op appointment will be made 10 days post your surgery.

  • Your tapes will be changed, the wounds will be assessed and then redressed.

Things to note:

  • If you develop any swelling, bruising, redness, pain, wound discharge or fevers, please contact the rooms on 8267 3976 or see your local GP (if you are unable to get into the rooms). If after-hours, contact the Nurse Manager of the hospital where you had your procedure.

  • Appointments up until 6 weeks post your surgery date are post-operative appointments. After that period a review fee will take effect.

  • Any further questions please contact the rooms on 8267 3976.

Medial thigh reduction

Immediately after your surgery:

  • Rest quietly – no exercise, lifting or bending for 10 days.

  • You may experience some swelling and bruising.

  • Take pain relieving medication as prescribed and only if required. Panadol 4-6 hourly usually helps.

Taking care of your wound, showering and what to do before your next appointment:

  • You must wear your surgical garment day and night for 6 weeks after your surgery. You may remove it to clean it and you can take it off for a shower.

  • Leave the white tape that is covering your suture lines in place until you come and see us 10 days after your surgery (if the tapes become soiled you may replace them).

  • You may get the tapes wet, pat them dry with a towel or use a hair dryer to dry them.

  • You may drive when you feel safe to, but avoid it if possible for 2 weeks.

Post-operative appointment:

  • Your first initial post-op appointment will be made around 10 days post surgery.

  • Your tapes will be changed, the wounds will be assessed and then redressed.

Things to note:

  • If you develop any swelling, bruising, redness, pain, wound discharge or fevers, please contact the rooms on 8267 3976 or see your local GP (if you are unable to get into the rooms). If after-hours, contact the Nurse Manager of the hospital where you had your procedure.

  • Appointments up until 6 weeks post your surgery date are post-operative appointments. After that period a review fee will take effect.

  • Any further questions please contact the rooms on 8267 3976.

Do you have a question regarding your recovery?