Prior to undergoing your surgery it is very important to consider the dietary and behavioural changes which you may need to adopt so that the surgery results in a successful outcome. At our practice we believe that these 2 aspects are as important as the surgery itself. Developing an understanding of this process of change requires time and it is therefore of considerable importance to develop a good working relationship with you Nutritionist. It is important for you to take responsibility for using this information so that you may recover more quickly and have fewer post-operative problems. problems.
Working with Your Team
On your first visit to our Clinic, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire. which enables us to get to know you. This questionnaire includes information about General Health, Current Medication regime and the details of any other Specialists involved in your care.
From this information, we will facilitate integrating your General Practitioner and Specialist into your Pre and Post Operative care. Advice will also be given on whether any medication needs to be ceased or modified prior to surgery and if any further investigations are required. This may be done in consultation with your Specialist.
Discuss with your Nutritionist any concerns you believe you will have with complying with the diet before and after surgery.
The dietary guidelines prior to surgery are advised to assist improving the size of your liver and well as improving general health.
If you are taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications, you may be advised to cease them one week before surgery to minimize bleeding.
If you smoke, you should stop or cut down to reduce your surgery risks and improve your recovery.
If you develop any infections, please advise your General Practitioner or Specialist promptly.
It is advised to have someone with you for the first few days following discharge from hospital
It is advised to maintain a moderate level of activity following discharge.
Regular deep breathing and maintaining an adequate fluid intake is important to minimise the risks of clots occurring.
Returning to you current employment will depend on the rate of your recovery and the types of activities involved in your employment.