What happens after surgery?
You are likely to be drowsy when you wake up after surgery. You may have some tubes connected to your body, like a drip (intravenous infusion); these are used to administer fluids until you are able to eat and drink normally. A nurse will check your blood pressure regularly. Nurses will give you medication to help control any pain. Always let them know if you are in pain or feel nauseous.
Once you are totally awake, staff members will help you stand up and move about. This will help you recover more quickly.
The wound is closed with staples or stitches. If it feels hot or painful or if it bleeds or leaks fluid, tell your doctor immediately.
Some people experience long-term physical effects after surgery. These may include nerve pain, nerve damage, impotence, lymphedema, and physical and emotional changes.