Post Operative Care

In Hospital

Dr Sterling will see you pre-operatively and post-operatively while you are in hospital. Your length of hospital stay will depend on the type of operation that you have, and your post-operative recovery. Everyone is different with regards to how quickly they recover. Arrangements will be made for your follow-up appointment with Dr Sterling.

Day Surgery Patients

Dr Sterling will endeavour to see you the day of surgery before you go home. Sometimes this is not possible, and the nursing staff will relay any important information to you before your departure.

Your Post-Operative appointment date can be found in your theatre pack provided to you before your operation.

Please call Dr Sterling’s rooms on 1300 478 375 if there any concerns prior to your return to see him.

First Post-Operative Visit

Your first post-operative visit to see Dr Sterling is usually 12-14 days after the surgery. At this appointment you will see Iggy (Clinical Nurse) and Dr Sterling. Iggy, our Clinical Nurse, will assist Dr Sterling with removal of the dressings, sutures, and attend to the wound.

At this visit (under the supervision of Dr Sterling):

Ice Wrap Pro for Post-Operative Care

For patients who undergo Ankle and Knee Arthroscopies they are given an Ice Wrap Pro for post-operative use.  The use of this Ice Wrap will reduce swelling that occurs post surgery.  This will aid in the ongoing rehabilitation and recovery. 

Dr Sterling would like the patient to ice the area post surgery with the Ice Wrap Pro that has been provided.  For the first week post surgery you should use the Ice Wrap Pro every 2-3 hours for ½ hour at a time (when awake).  For the second-week post surgery, you should use the Ice Wrap Pro 3-4 times per day for ½ hour at a time (when awake).

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Further Appointments

Further appointments will be made depending on what operation you have had. Often x-rays are required at the second post-operative visit. Often you can have these done just prior to your appointment.

Post Op Pain First 2 Weeks

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