The recovery after this operation is swift as you will beencouraged out of bed two hours after the procedure and encouraged to walk around and do breathing exercises for as long as you are in hospital.
The length of stay in hospital is usually two to three nights and when patients go home they are usually pain free on minimal doses of ordinary pain killers. They can usually walk independently and will be advised to do increased daily exercise, and after two weeks patients can do any form of exercise they want.
They will be encouraged to take liquids only for the first four weeks, soft food for the second four weeks and eight weeks after the operation they can starting eating small amounts of normal healthy food.
We advise that patients take daily anti-thrombotic injections to prevent deep vein thrombosis daily for the first four weeks after the operation. This is self-administered and patients are taught to do it while in hospital.
Two weeks after the operation patients will start taking vitamin and mineral supplements that will need to be continued for the rest of their lives.