Some people have surgery as a day patient, but surgery often involves a stay in hospital. This may be for several days or for up to a few weeks. Your length of stay will depend on the type of surgery and whether or not you’ve had reconstructive surgery.
After your operation, you will be encouraged to start moving around as soon as possible. This is an essential part of your recovery. If you have to stay in bed, it’s important to do regular leg movements and deep-breathing exercises. A physiotherapist will explain these to you.
If you’ve had a bigger operation, you may spend some time in intensive care immediately after the operation. This is a ward where you will be closely checked and given one-to-one nursing care for as long as necessary to help you recover.
After the operation, it’s likely that you will wake up with a number of drips, drains and tubes attached to you. These will gradually be removed as you recover.