Recovery at home

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Strictly follow all post-operative advice given.

Wound Care: The wound at the operation site is stitched with staples. This needs to be removed about three weeks after the surgery.  Care should be taken not to get the wound wet until it is thoroughly healed. The wound will need dressing to prevent irritation from clothing or support stocking.

Diet: A balanced diet with an iron supplement is advised to ensure quick healing and restoration of muscle strength.

Activity: Exercise is very important for a good recovery after surgery. It takes 3-6 weeks to resume most normal activities of daily living, after surgery. A graduated walking program to slowly increase the amount of walking is to be planned. The physiotherapist will teach you the exercises to be performed several times a day. Initially you may need help and support but gradually you may be able to do them on your own.