Post-operative care advice

Pain relief.

Painkillers will be prescribed for you on discharge form the Nuffield. Please contact the hospital if you feel you need more painkillers as you may need a review by one of our nursing staff.


Most of the dressings we use are showerproof. Just pat them dry afterwards with a clean towel or leave to air dry. Sometimes we use ointment instead of a dressing, particularly near the hairline. In this case simply wash your wound daily with soap and water (normal warm tap water or in the shower) and reapply the ointment 2-3 times per day. Don't forget to cover your pillow with a towel to keep your bed linen clean.

Wound care and stitches (sutures)

We use sutures that dissolve and those that need removing depending on your procedure. Mr Dunkin and his team will tell you which you have and make arrangements for you to come back to the Nuffield Dressing Clinic to have these removed by the nurses, if necessary. As a guide:

Procedure Suture removal
Face 5 days
Breasts none - all dissolving
Tummy none - all dissolving
Hands/ arms 10-14 days
Legs/back 10-14 days

How will I know if something is wrong?

Signs that suggest wound healing problems include increasing swelling and redness around the wound or discharge. If you are concerned then don't hesitate to telephone the Nuffield and arrange to come and see the nursing staff.

Follow up appointments

The team at the Nuffield will provide all your post-operative care. If you live a long way form the hospital and it is easier for you to see your GP Practice Nurse then this can be arranged after some procedures. Mr Dunkin will see you regularly in the Dressing Clinic and in Out-patients.

What do I do now?

Our clinic is based at The Nuffield Health York Hospital.

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