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Removal of Ovarian Cyst
Thank you for choosing Greenslopes Private Hospital for your upcoming surgery.
We appreciate that surgery can be a stressful experience. The staff caring for you have developed this
information so that you will know what you can expect during your stay.
This is however, only a guide and your progress may vary from this outline.
Please read this information and if you have any questions or concerns at any time, please discuss these with
your Nurse or Doctor.

Expected Length of Hospital Stay: Up to 2 nights
Our Expectations
 1. If you have any concerns about your ability to cope after your surgery, please discuss this with Nursing
    staff over the phone on 1800 777 101, or on admission to hospital
    • Please note, community services are not always readily available and not all patients are eligible for
       funded services
 2. Please bring your medications and any x-rays relevant to your surgery into hospital
 3. After surgery your pain will be controlled effectively with medication
 4. Prior to discharge:
    • Your wound will be clean and dry and continuing to heal
    • You will have resumed your normal diet

Your Expectations




On Arrival to the Hospital
• You will be taken to the Day Of Surgery Lounge where a Nurse will complete a medical history if this was not
  completed over the telephone prior to your admission
• Your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and weight will be checked
• If you take regular medication, you will continue to do so throughout your stay unless otherwise instructed by
  your Doctor(s)
• If you have any concerns about how you will manage at home please discuss this with your Nurse. You may
  be referred to the Care Coordinator who will assess your situation for any eligibility and availability of post-
  discharge services


If you have any questions about your hospitalisation, please ask your Nurse
Before Surgery
• You should not eat or drink for six(6) hours prior to surgery
• You should have showered prior to coming to hospital. Please advise your Nurse if you have not done so
• If you have been taking blood-thinning or anti-inflammatory medication (such as warfarin, aspirin or
  alternative medicines), please advise your Nurse
• You will be dressed in a theatre gown and disposable underwear. Compression stockings will be
  applied to your legs
• You may have a blood test, heart tracing or x-ray taken before your surgery
• The Anaesthetist may visit you before you go into surgery
• You may be given medication to help you relax just prior to your surgery

After Surgery
• You will be taken to the ward on your bed
• Your blood pressure, pulse, temperature, wound dressing, vaginal blood loss and pain level will be
  checked regularly
• Your pain will be controlled with regular medication that your Nurse will monitor closely. Nursing
  staff will educate you on how to best manage your pain. It is important that you tell the nursing staff if
  you have pain
• You will have a drip in your arm to keep you hydrated
• A sanitary pad will be in place to monitor any vaginal blood loss. This pad can be changed as necessary
• You will not be able to eat for at least four(4) hours after your surgery. Please check with the Nursing staff
  before you have anything to eat or drink
• Nursing staff will help you with all of your hygiene needs as you will be required to rest in bed

Day 1 Following Surgery
• Your Doctor will visit you today
• Your blood pressure, temperature, pulse, wound dressing, vaginal blood loss and pain levels will be
  checked regularly
• Your wound will be covered with a dressing
• The pain medication via the pump and intravenous drip will remain for today
• You will be able to eat and drink as ordered by your Doctor
• You will be required to sit out of bed as much as possible each day after surgery
• Early progression of your walking and regaining your independence in daily activities is essential to a
  good recovery
• Nursing staff will help you with your hygiene needs as necessary

Days 2 following Surgery
• Your blood pressure, temperature, pulse, wound dressing, vaginal blood loss and pain levels will be
  checked regularly
• Regular pain medication and intravenous drip will be removed, as requested by your Doctor
• You can have regular tablets for pain. It is important that you tell Nursing staff when you have pain
• Nursing staff will check your wound today
• You will be able to have a normal diet as tolerated
• Nursing staff will help you with your hygiene needs as required
• Normal bowel habits are sometimes disrupted after surgery. If you are concerned, your Nurse can offer advice
  on ways to resolve this common problem
Discharge Day
• Your Doctor may visit you today
• Your wound will continue to heal and a dressing may be applied if required
• Medications will be dispensed by the Pharmacist, if required
• A follow-up appointment and wound care instructions will be explained to you before you go home
• If you have a drip in your arm it will be removed before you go home
• Discharge time is 10am. Please arrange for someone to collect you by this time

Discharge Advice Following Ovarian Cystectomy/Oopherectomy
You Should
   Take medication to control any discomfort, as prescribed
   Contact your Doctor if you begin to feel unwell or start to experience increasing pain, an increase
   in vaginal blood loss, or fever
   Remember that you may feel tired easily for the first few days after you go home, so get plenty of rest and
   eat a well balanced diet

You Should Avoid
   For a period of time as discussed with your Doctor:
   • Driving after discharge
   • Heavy lifting and strenuous activity
   • Sexual intercourse



                                We thank-you for the opportunity to care for you
                      Greenslopes Private Hospital
                           Newdegate Street
                         Greenslopes QLD 4120
                  ph: 07 3394 7111 – fax: 07 3394 7031
PI7025C (05/08)    www.greenslopesprivate.com.au