STATION 5: ON THE WARD
Once your recovery from the anaesthesic is complete, you will be moved onto the ward. The post-operative pain management strategy will continue, with the strength of analgesia being reduced (lower doses, weaker opioids) as your pain level drops. The physicians and nurses on the ward are the contact point for managing your pain.
In order to speed up recovery and reduce the risk of complications, such as deep vein thrombosis, you will usually be encouraged to get out of bed and moving as early as possible. This may include physiotherapy or the use of aids such as a walking frame.
National Health Service (NHS). Having an operation – After surgery. Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/surgery/Pages/after-surgery.aspx. Accessed 8 September 2015.