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Thyroidectomy

Mater Private Hospital Brisbane

The largest of Mater Health Services’ private facilities, Mater Private Hospital Brisbane is a flagship for the level of care and facilities our organisation strives to provide. The tertiary, acute facility is built on a foundation of clinical excellence and a commitment to safe, compassionate care, that is:

  • quality focused
  • technologically advanced
  • customised to patients’ needs and lifestyle.

Mater Private Hospital Brisbane is an outstanding health care provider with a total of 323 patient beds, ten operating theatres, a 24-hour private emergency service, preadmission clinic, CardioVascular Unit, Intensive Care and Coronary Care Units, Breast Cancer Centre and Day Procedure Unit.

All rooms and facilities are designed to offer comfort and privacy, complete with a range of modern, air-conditioned accommodation. While in hospital, patients also have access to allied health (e.g. dietitians, physiotherapists), pharmacy, hairdressing and chaplaincy services.

For more information about Mater Private Hospital Brisbane, please call 07 3163 1111.

Visiting hours:

8 am to 8 pm (patient rest period 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm)

Our Mission

In the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy, Mater Health Services offers compassionate service to the sick and needy, promotes an holistic approach to health care in response to changing community needs and fosters high standards in health-related education and research. Following the example of Christ the Healer, we commit ourselves to offering these services to all without discrimination.

Our Values

Mercy: the spirit of responding to one another

Dignity: the spirit of humanity, respecting the worth of each person

Care: the spirit of compassion

Commitment: the spirit of integrity

Quality: the spirit of professionalism

At Mater Private Hospital Brisbane, we acknowledge that having an operation can be a very stressful experience. In keeping with our Mission to offer compassionate, quality care that promotes dignity whilst responding to patients’ needs, this booklet aims to alleviate some of your concerns. It explains the general day to day events that may occur during your visit and the things to expect when you are discharged from the Hospital.

It is, however, only a guideline as each person may require differing treatments.

If you have any questions about your treatment please speak to your doctor or nurse. Our pastoral care team also offers a caring support network to all patients. The dedicated members of this team are available at your request.

Our expectations

We expect that you will stay in hospital one to three days or until you have achieved the following:

  • your pain is controlled with oral analgesia
  • your temperature, pulse, and blood pressure are within normal limits
  • you are tolerating your normal fluids and diet
  • you are independently mobile, attending to your daily needs
  • you do not have any unexpected bleeding or swelling.

Preadmission clinic

Mater Private Hospital Brisbane provides a preadmission service. You will receive this service in any of the following ways:

  • from the specialty clinic to the preadmission clinic
  • at the preadmission clinic
  • via a phone call.

The preadmission service gathers information, initiates investigations to prepare you for your surgery, provides information regarding your specific operation and identifies your discharge needs.

Day of admission/surgery

Before coming to hospital please ensure that you have:

  • had nothing to eat or drink as per the instructions given to you by the preadmission clinic or your doctor
  • showered and dressed in clean clothes. Do not use skin products following your shower (e.g. deodorant, perfume, body lotion, powder, make up)
  • left your valuables at home. You may wear your wedding band only.
  • brought the following with you:
  • your X-rays
  • your operation consent form
  • your medications in their labelled containers or packets.

On your arrival to the hospital please report to the reception desk on level 6, where you will be directed to the Welcome Lounge/Day Procedure Unit. Only one relative/visitor is permitted within the clinical areas of the Welcome Lounge.

Our Welcome Lounge staff will:

  • apply an identification band
  • complete your nursing assessment form
  • take your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and weight
  • ask you to change into a theatre gown and paper pants
  • apply anti-embolic stockings. These assist with blood flow through your legs and decrease the risk of blood clot formation while you have decreased mobility
  • take details of any family member who would like to speak to the surgeon after the operation (preferably a mobile phone number)
  • complete your preoperative checklist.

You may walk around as much as you like, but please do not leave the Welcome Lounge. Your surgeon may visit with you prior to your surgery, either in the Welcome Lounge/Day Unit or in the preoperative holding area. You will be transferred to the operating theatre on a wheelchair or on your bed if you have received a premedication. Your luggage will be delivered to the ward where it will be stored in a locked room until after you have returned from theatre.

After your surgery

Immediately following your surgery you will be transferred to the recovery room where you will be observed closely until you are more awake.

It is common to need oxygen which will be given via a face mask.

When you have recovered sufficiently from the anaesthetic you will be returned to your room in the postoperative ward. The nurses will take vital signs—your pulse, respiration rate, temperature, blood pressure and observe for bleeding and swelling.

Your doctor will order pain relief and anti-nausea medications for you. Please tell your nurse if you have any pain or nausea, so these symptoms can be managed.

Immediately following your surgery, you will be resting in bed with your head elevated. When you feel well enough you will be assisted to get out of bed.

Following your operation you will be offered ice to suck or water to sip. After a few hours you can begin to drink fluids as you are able, and then progress to normal diet if ordered by your doctor. Intravenous fluids (a drip) will be administered until you are able to eat and drink.

There may be a drain in place which will assist with drainage of fluid from your wound.

When you are feeling more awake your nurse will assist you to have a wash and change into your own bed clothes.

If you are experiencing any difficulty passing urine after your surgery, it is important to inform your nurse.

It is important that you begin your breathing and leg exercises. These help prevent complications such as chest infections and blood clots in your legs and should be carried out every hour that you are awake and while on bed rest.

circulation-exerciseBreathing exercises: Take five long and slow deep breaths. Each breath should be deeper than the previous breath. Think about getting the air to the very bottom of your lungs.

Circulation exercises:Firmly move your ankles up and down to stretch and contract your calf muscles.

Postoperative days one and two

If you are not discharged home on the day of surgery your care will continue as detailed below.

Consults: your surgical team will visit you before you are discharged and discuss the operation.

Observations: your vital signs, wound and drain/s will be monitored regularly until you are discharged.

Mobility: you may walk as much as you like. Short frequent walks are a great way to start. Continue to perform deep breathing and leg exercises while you are resting in bed.

Hygiene: you may shower yourself. Nursing staff will assist you if required.

Nutrition: you will be able to eat a normal diet, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Medications: you will be given your usual medications as ordered by your doctor. Pain relief medication is available if needed. Please let your nurse know if you have any pain.

Wound and drains: the drain/s (if applicable) will be removed, as ordered by your doctor, usually the morning after your operation. Your staples/sutures will be removed, as ordered by your doctor, often before you go home. Following removal steri-strips will be applied which can remain in situ until they peel or fall off. These can get wet in the shower.

Day of discharge/what to expect when you go home

Discharge time is 10 am. A discharge summary form and any follow up appointments will be discussed and provided. Your own medications will be returned to you and any new ones supplied. Your x-rays will be returned to you. Please remember to ask for them. Continue to perform deep breathing, coughing and leg exercises while you are resting in bed.

You will be independent with showering and walking. Maintain your mobility at home—continue gentle walking. Progress to light activities as comfortable but avoid over exertion and lifting heavy objects. Postoperative lethargy is normal and may last for a month or more. You may have food and fluids as desired.

You may experience some pain from your wound. This is generally aggravated by movement, coughing and sneezing. Gently support the wound when you need to cough. Pain can be relieved by taking oral analgesia which will be supplied on discharge.

The wound may look slightly reddened, swollen and bruised; this is normal. Wash the wound in the shower and pat dry with a towel. The steri-strips will fall off naturally.

Report any of the following complications to your surgeon, GP or emergency department:

  • difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • increased swelling or throbbing around the wound, discharge from the wound or if the wound feels hot to touch
  • a tingling feeling in your mouth or fingers and/or numbness in your fingers
  • fevers
  • pain that is not relieved by oral analgesia
  • nausea and vomiting that does not settle
  • other unexplained symptoms or questions that cannot wait until your postoperative visit.

© 2014 Mater Misericordiae Ltd. ACN 096 708 922

Mater acknowledges consumer consultation in the development of this patient information.
Mater Doc Num: PI-CLN-450027
Last modified 09/8/2017.
Consumers were consulted in the development of this patient information.
Last consumer engagement date: 19/1/2014
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