While in hospital you will have four drains, a pain buster and a urinary catheter.
The pain buster lasts 2 to 3 days. The catheter will be removed after 2 to 3 days. By the time you leave hospital most drains will have been removed. You might have to go home with 1 or 2 drains which I will remove for you in my office a few days later, (when the drainage per area is under 25ml over a 24 hour period). You will be able to shower from the first post-operative day.
You will be given an abdominal binder to wear most of the time. This should be worn firm and not too tight. You can take the binder off to shower. Leave dressings alone. You will be given oral antibiotics and pain relief to go home with.
I will see you at about 10 to 12 days post-operatively to look at your wounds, remove the dressings and to cut the sutures short.
Your garment should be worn for 4 to 6 weeks. Initially you will be walking a little bent, over time this will become less tight and you should be walking fairly straight within 7 to 10 days.