After your operation, the nurses on the ward will help you to lie in a fairly upright position, supported by pillows. This helps to reduce swelling in your neck area. They will take your blood pressure and pulse, and check your oxygen levels at regular intervals.
Between 6 and 24 hours after your operation, they will take a sample of your blood to check the calcium levels.
The nurses will encourage you to start moving about as soon as possible. You should have a nurse with you the first time you get out of bed, as you may feel drowsy and dizzy. If you have to stay in bed, they will encourage you to do regular leg movements and deep-breathing exercises. A physiotherapist or nurse will explain these exercises.