Day Surgery

General Information

General Information

  • You may continue to take most prescription medications (including the contraceptive pill).
  • Pregnancy – elective surgery is usually deferred for the first three months.
  • Please wear clothing that allows easy access to both arms.
  • Do not wear high heeled shoes or thongs.
  • When surgery is complete, you will be transferred to a recovery room where you will be attended by a Registered Nurse.
  • You must be prepared to remain in the recovery room until your anaesthetist considers you fit enough to go home.
  • You may experience mild nausea and headache. As the local anaesthetic wears off you will probably feel pain at the surgical site of your operation.
  • Appropriate pain relieving medication will be prescribed for this.
  • Do not drink alcohol or operate any type of machinery (including cars) for at least 24 hours after Intravenous Sedation.
  • Do not sign any legal documents for at least 24 hours post discharge.
  • When you arrive home you must rest. Do not do anything that requires effort or concentration. If you feel dizzy or light-headed, lie down.

Fasting

Fasting

Fasting means no food or fluids (this includes sweets, chewing gum, ice and water) unless otherwise advised by your anaesthetist. On the day of your surgery you MUST HAVE NOTHING TO EAT OR DRINK FOR 6 HOURS PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT.

Carer

Carer

PLEASE NOTE: If a carer does not attend with you, your surgery will need to be rescheduled.

You must attend your surgery accompanied by a responsible adult (carer).

You carer must wait with you until further instructions regarding your discharge instructions have been given.

Your carer is then responsible to take you home in a private vehicle or taxi. Unfortunately, without a private vehicle or taxi to take you home your surgery will need to be rescheduled. Public Transport, motor bikes or scooters are not acceptable forms of transport after Intravenous Sedation.

Your carer must remain with you overnight after surgery. This is for your own safety.

Anaesthetist

Anaesthetist

For your oral surgical procedure you will be attended by a specialist anaesthetist who will administer agents to make you relaxed and sleepy. A needle will be inserted into a vein in your arm after you come into the theatre. Throughout the procedure drugs which relax and sedate you will be given intermittently. You will be drowsy throughout and you may not remember much of the procedure. It is not a ‘full’ general anaesthetic. You will be constantly monitored with sophisticated safety devices.

If you have Private Hospital cover there is a Medicare and Private Health Fund rebate for your anaesthetist account.

If you are self-insured there is a Medicare rebate only for your anaesthetist account.

Post-Operative Care

General

Following surgery it is normal to have pain and swelling. The swelling normally increases for the first 48 hours and then subsides over 5-7 days. You may also experience bruising. The stitches that are used are generally dissolvable unless advised otherwise.

We advise:

  • Not to consume alcohol for at least 24 hours following general anaesthetic or sedation.
  • Not to smoke as this may upset healing.
  • Not to operate machinery or drive for 24 hours following general anaesthetic or sedation.

Pain

Effective pain relief can be achieved by using over the counter analgesics regularly.

It is recommended that you take both 2 tablets of paracetamol and 2 ibuprofen tablets 4-6 hourly, these tablets can be taken together or you can take 2 paracetamol tablets then 2-3 hours later 2 ibuprofen.

A script for stronger pain relief tablets may have been provided, these tablets contain narcotic or codeine and can contribute to:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sedation (sleepiness)
  • Constipation

WARNING: Ibuprofen must not be taken with some types of asthma, gastric irritation or an allergy to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications.

Bleeding

A small ooze of blood is common for the first 12-24 hours.

If bleeding is heavy or persistent:

  • Gently rinse out your mouth with cold water.
  • Place a clean damp gauze pack or similar over the bleeding area and bite firmly on the pad for 20-30 minutes.
  • Bed rest with the head slightly elevated

If bleeding persists or is severe, please contact our rooms immediately.

Mouthcare

Oral Hygiene is very important and promotes rapid healing.

Commencing the day after surgery:

  • Gently brush teeth with a soft brush.
  • Gently rinse your mouth out with warm salty water or mouthwash following each meal morning and night.

Infection is uncommon and generally shows itself after 3-5 days with an increase in swelling and discharge. Contact the rooms if this occurs.

Swelling

Ice packs can be applied to the side of the face where surgery was performed.

As tolerated for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off for first 36 hours.

Diet

Your diet will need to be restricted to fluids and soft foods initially.

A gradual return to a normal diet is recommended after the 1st day.

Please note that limitation of mouth opening normally follows oral surgery and returns to normal during the healing.

Billing

Insured Patients

Your account for hospitalisation will include accommodation, theatre fees and other chargeable items in accordance with the Oromax Day Surgery’s current fee arrangement with your health fund. Patients are encouraged to contact their Health Fund prior to admission to determine their level of cover.

On signing your claim form on admission, an account for your hospital stay will be forwarded directly to your health fund. All excess and co-payments are payable on admission.

Medicare does not cover Private Hospital charges.

Self Insured Patients

If you are self-insured you will be required to pay the hospital fee on admission.

Compensable Claims

Workers Compensation, third party, liability or other compensable claim patients that are admitted to Oromax Day Surgery must be approved prior to admission. If the claim is not approved, payment in full will be required prior to admission.

Surgeon's Fee

The surgeons fees are payable prior to your procedure. The fees are outlined on the pre-operative estimate of fees that were issued to you at your consultation.

FAQ

FAQ

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