When you leave hospital, you will be prescribed painkillers and sometimes iron tablets. Iron tablets can cause constipation, or you may need to go to the toilet more often. They can also make you feel sick. Taking the tablets with food or after a meal may help reduce these effects. Please read the information leaflet that comes with the tablets. Please tell us if you feel dizzy or short of breath, or if you have any concerns or questions. It is also important to consider your diet and include foods rich in iron such as: red meat; liver; kidney; black pudding; corned beef; oily fish; eggs; Oxo cubes and Bovril; cereals with added iron; wholemeal bread; baked beans; lentils; kidney beans; nuts – especially almonds, cashews, brazils and walnuts; dried fruit – especially apricots, figs and dates; green vegetables including watercress and spinach; curry powder; cocoa; and chocolate.
You should also eat foods rich in vitamin C to help your body absorb the iron, such as vegetables, salad, fruit and orange juice.
On the day after your operation, you can remove the dressings covering the sites where the needles were put in, if the dressings are dry. You should tell us if you have any concerns.
How long it takes to recover from an anaesthetic is different for everyone. You may find that you get tired more easily for the first week or two. You can expect to have up to a week off work, although sometimes you may need longer to recover. You should avoid lifting heavy objects, strenuous gardening or exercise for up to a week after the operation. You may need longer to recover.
One of our registry nurses will regularly contact you to check on your progress. If you have any problems, contact your GP or ask your registry nurse to refer you to one of our medical officers.