Recovery from your Surgery

After every surgery, there is a need for a period of recovery. For some people, this will mean intensive physical rehabilitation. For others, it might be about resting for a number of days. Whatever your recovery needs, it is important to follow the advice of your OSV Surgeon so you can get back to your normal life as soon as possible.

If you have day surgery, you will be discharged from the hospital after you leave the recovery room. It’s important to prearrange for someone to take you home after surgery. The hospital will contact this person to tell them when you’ll be ready to leave.

If you have inpatient surgery, you will be discharged when the medical team feels you are healthy enough to leave. Some people stay in the hospital for a day or two, but others may stay for longer. This will vary according to the type of surgery.

On discharge the hospital may give you:
  • insurance forms, bills, or receipts
  • a list of any medicines/prescriptions, or a small supply of medicines (such as pain relief)

Most people go home after discharge, but some go to inpatient rehabilitation to help them get safely back on their feet and return home.

Remember to take any X-rays or other scans you brought to the hospital, home with you.

Your post-surgery follow-up appointment with your OSV surgeon will be made for you. If you require a Medical Certificate for your employer please let our staff know.

Aftercare is an essential part of your recovery. After your surgery, you will need to have regular follow-ups with your OSV surgeon. This will allow us to monitor your recovery and general well-being. The nature of these follow-ups and care will depend on the type of surgery you have had and your health history. It often includes pain management and wound care. You may need additional therapy such as physiotherapy.


You may require crutches or other mobility aids and equipment to help you to recover and regain your independence after surgery. The team at OSV will advise you when booking your surgery so you will be prepared.


Post-surgery wound care includes a timely review of your wound, appropriate cleansing and wound dressing, and early recognition and active treatment of wound complications. Your OSV Surgeon and staff will work with you closely here. The type of surgery you have usually determines when your wound dressing will be removed. If you have any questions or concerns please phone our rooms.


Showering is allowed and encouraged after surgery. Your wound dressing may be waterproof, but you will be advised if you need to keep the dressing dry. Showering is preferred to bathing as whilst getting wet is fine, we recommend that your surgery wound is not soaked, eg in a bath, swimming pool, or jacuzzi, until it is completely healed, which may take several weeks. You will be advised if you should remove your dressing prior to review.

The success and speed of your recovery from surgery will depend on a number of factors including your age, your health, the type of surgery you have had, and your rehabilitation success.

Your rehabilitation will include an initial rest period and post-operative exercises to help restore mobility and strength. Your ability to follow your rehabilitation guidelines will be important in the success of your surgery. You may also require additional therapy such as physiotherapy or occupational therapy.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact our rooms.

If it is after hours and you are concerned, please contact the hospital. For medical emergencies phone “000”.

All surgery carries the risk of complications. These include general complications of surgery as well as specific complications of the particular procedure.

General complications include infection, bleeding and bruising, and venous thrombosis (blood clots in the legs). Precautions are routinely taken to reduce the risk of these complications. Despite this, they will occasionally occur and may require readmission to the hospital.

Complications that are specific to the type of procedure that you are undergoing will have been discussed with you by your OSV surgeon. Should you have any questions, these should be raised prior to surgery. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

If it is after hours and you are concerned, please contact the hospital. For medical emergencies phone “000”.


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If you are looking to book an appointment, please call us on

(03) 9038 5200.