You probably won’t feel like eating or drinking much for the first few hours after your operation, so you’ll be given fluids into a vein in your hand or arm (an intravenous infusion). A nurse will take it out once you start eating and drinking again.
You may also have an oxygen mask on when you first wake up. Some people will have a tube in their bladder (catheter) to drain urine into a bag until they are up and moving around.
The part of your body that has been operated on will be covered with bandages or a plaster cast to control swelling. There will be a tube (drain) coming from your wound to drain off excess blood and fluids into a small container. This will usually be taken out after 3–4 days. You will also have stitches or staples to close the wound. These are usually taken out about 10–14 days after the operation.