Recovery

Caring for you after surgery either in our wards or in our state of the art Critical Care Unit (CCU).

Hospital Stays

We aim to make your stay with us as comfortable as possible.

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Visitors are welcome any time, but we recommend that you ring the ward before visiting to avoid busy times 

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Critical Care Unit

If you’re having complex major or extremely complex major surgery you may be admitted to our state of the art Critical Care Unit. Patients who are undergoing cytoreductive surgery and HIPEC will be routinely admitted to the Critical Care Unit after their surgery. This usually results in a stay of about 24-48 hours, before you’re moved back to the general ward.

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The Enhanced Recovery Programme

We use a modern, evidence-based approach to help you recover more quickly after major surgery. In essence this is an education and training programme that helps you set goals and prepare for surgery and recovery.

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After Open Cytoreductive Surgery and Heated Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy

Where you will be

  • You’ll be admitted to our Critical Care Unit (CCU) for the first 24-48 hours after surgery.
  • After this you will be moved to our surgical ward (ward 10).
Care you will receive
  • You will have a nasogastric tube to drain fluid from your stomach. We recommend keeping this tube for 4 to 5 days to prevent you being sick. We only allow you to sip water during this time.
  • You will be fed through a vein in the neck (central line) which is inserted at the time of your surgery.
  • You will have a catheter in the bladder and may have other tubes (called drains) that are inserted at the time of surgery to remove any excess fluid.
  • You’ll also see a physiotherapist every day to keep you as mobile as possible.
Pain relief
  • You will have an epidural for at least 3 days, but no longer than 5.
  • After this you may have oral pain relief or have a patient controlled analgesia (PCA) button to press for pain relief through the vein.
  • After multi-visceral resections

    Where you will be

    • You’ll be admitted to our Critical Care Unit (CCU) for the first 24-48 hours after surgery.
    • After this you will be moved to our surgical ward (ward 10).
    Care you will receive
    • You will have a nasogastric tube to drain fluid from your stomach. We recommend keeping this tube for 4 to 5 days to prevent you being sick. We only allow you to sip water during this time.
    • You will be fed through a vein in the neck (central line), which is inserted at the time of your surgery.
    • You will have a catheter and may have other tubes (called drains) that are inserted at the time of surgery to remove any excess fluid.
    • You’ll also see a physiotherapist every day to keep you as mobile as possible.
    Pain relief
  • You will have an epidural for at least 3 days, but no longer than 5.
  • After this you may have oral pain relief or have a patient controlled analgesia (PCA) button to press for pain relief through the vein.
  • After Laparoscopic Cytoreductive Surgery and Heated Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy

    Where you will be

    • You will return to ward 10 after surgery. Occasionally patients are admitted to our Critical Care Unit (CCU) for the first 12 hours after surgery.
    Care you will receive
    • You’ll have a nasogastric tube to drain fluid from your stomach on the first night, but after this it will be removed and you’ll be encouraged to drink and then eat.
    • You’ll have a patient controlled analgesia (PCA) button for pain relief on the first day, switching to oral pain relief once you are able to drink.
    • You’ll have a catheter in your bladder, which will be removed on the second or third day after surgery.
    • You’ll also see a physiotherapist every day to keep you as mobile as possible.
    Pain relief
    • You will have a spinal anaesthetic given to you at the time of surgery.
    • After surgery you’ll have a patient controlled analgesia (PCA) button for pain relief on the first day, switching to oral pain relief once you are able to drink.

    After Laparoscopic and Robotic Colorectal Surgery

    Where you will be

    • You will return to ward 10 after surgery. Occasionally patients are admitted to our Critical Care Unit (CCU) for the first 12 hours after surgery.
    Care you will receive
    • You’ll have a nasogastric tube to drain fluid from your stomach during the operation, but at the end of the procedure this will be removed.
    • You’ll be encouraged to drink and then eat. You’ll have a catheter in your bladder, which will be removed on the second or third day after surgery.
    • You’ll see a physiotherapist every day to keep you as mobile as possible.
    Pain relief
    • You will have a spinal anaesthetic given to you at the time of surgery.
    • After surgery you’ll have a patient controlled analgesia (PCA) button for pain relief on the first day, switching to oral pain relief once you are able to drink.

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