Post Op Care

In Hospital

Dr Macgroarty will endeavour to see you each day that you are in hospital. Your length of hospital stay will depend on the type of operation that you have, and your post-operative recovery. Everyone is different with regards to how quickly they recover. Arrangements will be made for your follow-up appointment with Dr Macgroarty.

Day Surgery Patients

Dr Macgroarty will endeavour to see you the day of surgery before you go home. Sometimes this is not possible, and the nursing staff will relay any important information to you before your departure. You will receive a copy of your operation record prior to leaving hospital. Please call Dr Macgroarty’s rooms on 1300 562 247 if there any concerns prior to your return to see him.


Your first post-operative visit to see Dr Macgroarty is usually 12-14 days after the surgery. At this appointment you may initially be seen by a physiotherapist and / or a clinical nurse. The purpose of these health care professionals is mainly to assist Dr Macgroarty with dressing changes and attending to early post operative rehabilitation exercises.

At this visit (under the supervision of Dr Macgroarty):

  • The dressings will be removed.
  • The wound will be inspected and any stitches will be removed.
  • The wounds are redressed if required.
  • Dr Macgroarty will explain the operative findings and ongoing care requirements.
  • Any questions will be answered.
  • Physiotherapy exercises will be prescribed if appropriate.
  • Follow-up appointments will be made.


Further appointments will be made depending on what operation you have had. Often x-rays are required at the post-operative visit. Often you can have these done just prior to your appointment and the request form will be in your operation pack.

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