Recovery after surgery
After every surgery there is a period of recovery. How long this takes will depend on your age, the type of surgery you had, and your general health. It may take a few days or a week to recover from a less complex operation, but it can take a few months to recover from major surgery. It’s important to follow your surgeon’s advice, and try to be patient and allow yourself time to recover.
Learn more about:
- Hospital recovery room
- Hospital ward
- Side effects of general anaesthetic
- Complications after surgery
- Leaving hospital (discharge)
- Taking care of yourself at home
- How to plan for recovery at home
- Follow-up appointments
Prof Andrew Spillane, Surgical Oncologist, Melanoma Institute of Australia, and Professor of Surgical Oncology, The University of Sydney Northern Clinical School, NSW; Lynne Hendrick, Consumer; Judy Holland, Physiotherapist, Calvary Mater Newcastle, NSW; Kara Hutchinson, Cancer Nurse Coordinator, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, VIC; A/Prof Declan Murphy, Urologist and Director of Genitourinary Oncology, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC; Caitriona Nienaber, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council WA; Prof Stephan Schug, Director of Pain Medicine, Royal Perth Hospital, and Chair of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine, The University of Western Australia Medical School, WA; Dr Emma Secomb, Specialist Surgeon, Hinterland Surgical Centre, QLD. We would like to thank the health professionals, consumers and editorial teams who have worked on previous editions of this title.
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