How You Might Feel After Your Surgery

  • You may feel slightly nauseated, light-headed, dizzy or sleepy for 24 hours after an anaesthetic
  • You may have a slight temperature for 2 days
  • It is normal for your incision to be slightly pink and swollen or to have a small amount of pink to dark red bleeding from your incision

You need to call your doctor if you have:

  • A fever that persists after 2 days
  • Bright red bleeding from your incision
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea that persists after 24 hours
  • Severe pain unrelieved by pain medications
If you cannot contact your doctor, go to the nearest Emergency Department.

For the first 24 hours after your surgery

  • Do not drive
  • Do not operate heavy equipment
  • Do not drink alcohol
  • lDo not smoke
  • Do not make important decisions
  • Arrange for someone to be with you the first night at home

Incision Care

  • Cleanse the anal area with damp (not dry) toilet paper or disposable Wet-Ones
  • Soak in a warm bath 3 times per day and after each bowel movement – Sitz Bath.
  • A Homecare nurse may visit the first day after your operation to check your incision and remove packing (if your wound has been packed)

Pain and Medication

  • Expect your first bowel movement to be uncomfortable - taking the stool softener prescribed by your surgeon may be helpful
  • Take only the pain medication prescribed by your surgeon
  • Soaking in a warm bath as instructed above will ease your discomfort
  • Follow your surgeon’s orders about resuming your usual medications


  • Eat light foods for the first day, such as tea, toast, soup and Jell-O®
  • Drink plenty of fluids and at least 8 glasses of water a day
  • Eat food that is high in fibre such as vegetables, fruit and whole grain cereals
  • A tablespoon of bran or fibre supplements daily may assist with bowel movements- take as directed by your surgeon
  • If diabetic, follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding diet and medication

Activity and Exercise

  • Some fatigue can be expected for a few days after your operation
  • The day after your surgery you will feel more able to be up and around- this will improve your circulation and help in your recovery.
  • Be as active as you can within the limits of your discomfort

Follow-Up Care

  • Arrange for a follow-up visit with your surgeon’s office
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