Relief of pain
The local anaesthetic that you have had will wear off in the next 1 to 2 hours.
Provided you do not have an allergy to the painkiller, it is safe to use over-the-counter painkillers to reduce your pain so you can be more active.
It is important to use painkillers carefully, as they have side effects. Paracetamol is the simplest and safest painkiller. However, always get advice before taking paracetamol if you have liver or kidney problems
You could also try anti-inflammatory tablets like Ibuprofen as long as you don’t have a condition (such as a stomach ulcer) that prevents you using them.
Always take your painkillers at regular intervals at the recommended dose / exactly as prescribed. This is to make sure they work as well as possible for you. The aim is for pain control to be constant.
Putting off taking painkillers can make the pain more severe. It may then take longer to get it under control when you do take them.
If over-the-counter painkillers do not work, ask for help from your GP or pharmacist.
Changing position and using a pillow to support the wound can help reduce discomfort.
Please do not use a hot water bottle as this can lead to scalding of the skin.
Check with your GP if you have been prescribed other analgesia.
Keep the wound clean and dry. Do not use soap, talcum powder or a flannel. Organise your showering around dressing changes. The District Nurse will organise a time with you if you are unable to get to the surgery.
No swimming until the wound is healed. No bicycle riding for 6-8 weeks.
- Temporary difficulty in passing urine
If you are concerned about any of the above, see your practice nurse promptly, taking this leaflet with you.
Your practice nurse is the first point of contact. They will be able to assess your wound if you suspect it is infected.
Wear loose underwear
Keep your bowels regular (do not strain)
No driving for 7-10 days
The operation site will be checked for bleeding before you leave the department. Be vigilant for bleeding if you take anticoagulants, e.g. Aspirin or Warfarin.
Further instructions if applicable
Post anaesthetic instructions
- You must be accompanied home by a responsible adult age 18 year +
- You must not be left alone for 24 hours after your anaesthetic.
- Do not lock the bathroom or toilet door for the next 24 hours.
- Avoid strenuous exercise for the next 24 hours
- No driving a car for the next week unless advised otherwise.
Licence holders wishing to drive after surgery should establish with their own doctors when it would be safe to do so.
- No alcohol or sleeping tablets for 48 hours.
- No using anything that could potentially cause harm, such as a kettle, cooker or iron for the next 48 hours.
- No signing legal documents for the next 48 hours.
- No looking after young children alone for the next 48 hours.
If you have any questions or require further advice, please contact:
8am – 7pm
Day Surgery Unit
If you have any serious concerns outside of these hours please contact either your own GP, 111, Accident and Emergency or the Minor Injuries Unit.