After The Anaesthetic

  1. You should not be discharged if you are can't tolerate drinking clear fluids or have significant pain or nausea which is not controlled by oral medication.
  2. You will usually be prescribed four different drugs once you are cleared to be discharged. They are:

    Oxycodone (Endone)
    A strong oral opioid pain killer. Use this as necessary. It may cause drowsiness, nausea and constipation. This should be used as sparingly as possible.
    Rabeprazole (Pariet)
    A drug that reduces acid secretion by the stomach. It should help with heartburn and indigestion.
    Prochlorperazine (Stemetil) and Ondansetron (Zofran)
    Drugs that combat nausea.
  3. You may also take regular paracetemol (Panadol) for pain relief.
  4. Ibuprofen (Nurofen) or another anti-inflammatory pain killer may also be taken if desired. It is best to use these types of drugs sparingly as they may cause indigestion.
  5. You may have bruising and/or sore areas on your arm from where the intravenous or arterial lines (used to accurately measure blood pressure) have been inserted. These may take a few weeks to settle.
  6. Shoulder tip pain (especially on the left side) is not unusual and is due to the irritation of the diaphragm from surgery. Take painkillers as needed.
  7. You may have a sore throat for a few days (related to the intubation of the vocal cords of anaesthetic.)
  8. Nausea may be contributed to by the anaesthetic, the operation and the pain killers. If nausea is a problem, drink clear fluids, avoid oxycodone and anti-inflammatories, use anti-nausea drugs as prescribed. It you have persistent vomiting please contact your surgeon.
  9. You should move around as early as possible after your surgery.
If you are having any surgery in the future please notify your surgeon and anaesthetist that you have had bariatric surgery.

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