Post Operative Care

Your Care After Surgery

Thank you for choosing CompleteENT for your surgical care. This information is designed to help make your postoperative recovery as smooth and straightforward as possible.


Any Questions or Problems?

We want to hear from you if you have concerns. Your recovery is our priority.

  • For non-urgent questions please call our rooms on 07 3905 5999 during business hours.
  • For urgent questions during business hours please call our rooms.
  • For urgent questions after hours please contact the After Hours OnCall Surgeon. Your surgeon will give you this number before discharge. It is also recorded on our answering service.
  • For medical emergencies please call 000 or present to your nearest hospital emergency department, as well as calling the above numbers.


Discharge Plan

Patients are discharged from hospital after meeting clinical criteria, and when their surgeon is happy that they are prepared and safe to continue their recovery at home.

Follow-up appointment:  You will often be given your appointment details before discharge, if you do not have these details please call CompleteENT to confirm the appointment date, time and location.

Medications: Your surgeon will discuss a plan for medications to take at home. Patients require pain relief, and sometimes additional prescribed or over the counter medications such as antibiotics or nasal saline rinse.

Medical certificate: If you require a medical certificate for your surgery please ask your surgeon during your hospital stay. If you did not receive one please call CompleteENT and this can be posted to you.


What to Expect

Every patient is different, and your experience may differ greatly from another patient undergoing the same procedure. If you have any postoperative concerns please contact CompleteENT.

Pain: Most patients require pain relief after surgery. Your surgeon will discuss what level of pain to expect and what type of pain relief is best suited to your situation. Different medications can also interact in different ways. Please do not commence new medications after surgery without informing your surgeon.

Eating and drinking: It is important to return to a normal diet as soon after surgery as possible. Your surgeon will discuss whether there is any need to modify your diet in the post-operative period.

Healing/Dressings: Your surgeon will discuss postoperative care instructions. Some patients will have sutures or splints that need to be removed at the first postoperative appointment. Other patients will have absorbable sutures or dissolvable internal nasal dressings that do not require removal. Please keep the surgical site clean and dry, as directed by your surgeon.

Activity:   We want you to recover as quickly as possible, but restarting strenuous activity too early increases the risk of problems after surgery. For most patients this means that following surgery you should avoid heavy lifting or physical exertion. Please discuss specific questions with your surgeon.

Driving: Following general anaesthesia patients should wait 24 hours before driving. We recommend you plan for a friend or family member to drive you home from the hospital, even if leaving the following day. Patients undergoing day surgery procedures under general anaesthesia will require a family member or support person to accompany them home and remain with them until 24 hours after surgery. Some post-operative medications also impair driving ability. Your surgeon or pharmacist will discuss these medications with you.


Specific Medications

Paracetamol: Most patients should take paracetamol (Panadol) 4 times every day during the healing period. This helps with pain and swelling, but also increases the effectiveness of other forms of pain relief.

Oxycodone: Many patients will be prescribed oxycodone (Endone), which should be taken as directed. This can cause drowsiness, nausea or constipation. Patients should not drive when taking oxycodone.

Ibuprofen: Ibuprofen (Nurofen) is an anti-inflammatory pain relief medication. It is an effective pain relief option, but also has effects on the coagulation system so must not be taken unless recommended by your surgeon. Ibuprofen may be taken 3 times daily.

Nasal saline rinse: After nasal surgery many patients require nasal saline rinses. Normal nasal mucous production and circulation is interrupted by surgery, and regular nasal saline rinse helps decrease congestion and promote healing. It is important that the saline is sterile, which can be achieved by boiling the water and allowing it to cool, before adding the medication sachet.

Ear drops: Antibiotic ear drops are prescribed for some patients following ear surgery. Please use as directed. Antibiotic ear drops should be stored in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight. Once opened they should only be used for the recommended duration.


We look forward to seeing you at your post-operative appointment. If you have any questions please contact us on 07 3905 5999 or email us.

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