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Anterior/Posterior Repair

Mater Private Hospital Springfield

Mater Health Services has a strong history, providing exceptional care to the Queensland community for more than 100 years. This tradition of care has been continued with the establishment of Mater Private Hospital Springfield.

Mater Private Hospital Springfield is an innovative, unique and contemporary hospital with a total of 80 beds, four digitally integrated operating theatres, a day surgery unit and a state-of-the-art cancer care centre featuring a linear accelerator and 15 medical oncology treatment bays.

Mater Private Hospital Springfield also offers a range of medical and surgical services including: General Medicine; Medical Oncology; Rehabilitation; Respiratory; Ear, Nose and Throat; Gastroenterology; General Surgery; Gynaecology; Ophthalmology; Oral and Maxillofacial; Orthopaedics; Plastics and Urology.

All rooms and facilities are equipped with the latest technology and have been designed with the family in mind, with a fold out bed in each room so family and friends can stay overnight. Integrated room controls allow patients to control temperature, blinds and lighting for optimal comfort.

Mater is committed to caring for the Greater Springfield community and as it continues to grow our services will grow with it.

For more information about Mater Private Hospital Springfield, please call 07 3098 3900.

Visiting hours

Mater Private Hospital Springfield is committed to providing family centred care and has no set visiting hours.

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 Springfield, 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 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

Prior to discharge:

  1. You will be independently mobile, attending to your daily needs.
  2. You will be able to pass urine normally OR you will be managing self catheterisation.
  3. Your pain will be controlled with oral analgesia.
  4. You will return to and tolerate your usual diet.
  5. Should you require community services, these will be organised for you.

Preadmission service

You should expect to be contacted approximately 48 to 72 hours before your planned admission by one of our hospital administration team who will confirm your personal details and provide you with an estimate of any excess or hospital expenses not covered by your private health insurance.

Additionally one of our preadmission team will contact you to talk about your procedure and complete a nursing assessment and health history interview. This allows you to ask any questions about your upcoming hospital stay and for our staff to ensure we have all relevant details required.

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. No skin products are to be used 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 check in with our friendly front reception staff in the main foyer on level 2 of the hospital. When you check in staff will confirm your details, assist you to complete any required paperwork and direct you to the appropriate patient care area.

Our Nursing 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 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.

Phase one postoperation

Discharge planning

  • Your discharge needs will be reviewed.

Teaching and emotional support

  • A member of our pastoral care team may visit
  • A nurse will discuss this booklet with you to ensure you understand the information provided and answer any questions you may have.

Consults

  • Your surgeon and physiotherapist (if applicable) will visit you.

Mobility

  • You will be assisted to sit out of bed and have short walks.
  • You will be encouraged to continue your deep breathing, coughing & leg exercises when in bed.

Hygiene

  • You will be assisted with your hygiene needs.

Nutrition

  • You may have free fluids progressing to a light diet as tolerated.

Elimination

  • The catheter will remain in place and your urine will be measured.
  • A medication may be ordered to help you move your bowels.

Observations

  • Your temperature, pulse, respirations and blood pressure will continue to be monitored regularly.
  • Your vaginal discharge will be noted.

Medications

  • The IV drip may be removed.
  • You will be given your regular medications plus any required for pain relief or nausea. Please advise nursing staff if you have any pain or nausea.
  • Antibiotics may continue via your drip or orally as ordered.

Treatments

  • You will continue to wear your support stockings as ordered.
  • The SCDS (if applicable) will be removed when you are able to walk around.
  • If applicable the vaginal pack will be removed. This procedure is similar to the removal of a tampon. You may experience some mild discomfort and there may be some small blood loss after removal. It is important to inform your nurse if the bleeding becomes bright and heavy.
  • If you have had the trans vaginal tape procedure your wounds will be observed for healing

Phase two postoperation

Discharge planning

  • Your discharge needs will be reviewed.

Teaching and emotional support

  • A member of our pastoral care team may visit
  • Your nurse will discuss this booklet with you and answer any questions you have

Consults

  • Your surgeon and physiotherapist (if applicable) will visit you.

Mobilisation

  • You will be encouraged to sit out of bed and increase your mobilisation today.
  • You will be encouraged to continue your deep breathing, coughing & leg exercises when in bed.

Hygiene

  • You are free to shower independently— assistance will be given if needed.

Nutrition

  • You may progress to a normal diet.

Elimination

  • The catheter will be removed. Following removal it is important to notify your nurse each time you have passed urine. The amount of urine passed will be measured and a scan of your bladder performed. This is called "trial of void" and is done to ensure your bladder is emptying sufficiently.
  • A medication may be ordered to help you move your bowels.

Observations

  • Your temperature, pulse, respirations and blood pressure will continue to be monitored regularly.
  • Your vaginal discharge will be noted.

Medications

  • You will be given your regular medications plus any required for pain relief. Please advise nursing staff if you have any pain.
  • Your IV drip will be removed if still in place.

Treatments

  • You will continue to wear your support stockings as ordered.
  • If you have had the trans vaginal tape procedure your wounds will be observed for healing

Ongoing phase

Discharge planning

  • Your discharge plan will be checked to determine whether you are ready for discharge or require ongoing hospital care.

Teaching and emotional support

  • A member of our pastoral care team may visit
  • Your nurse will discuss this booklet with you and answer any questions you have

Consults

  • Your surgeon and physiotherapist (if applicable) will visit you.

Mobility

  • You should be able to mobilise independently. Assistance will be given if needed.
  • You will be encouraged to continue your deep breathing, coughing & leg exercises when in bed.

Hygiene

  • You are free to shower independently— assistance will be given if needed.

Nutrition

  • You will be able to continue your normal diet

Elimination

  • It is expected that you will be passing urine normally today.
  • A medication may be ordered to help you move your bowels.

Observations

  • Your temperature, pulse, respirations and blood pressure will continue to be monitored
  • Your vaginal discharge will be noted.

Medications

  • You will be given your regular medications plus any required for pain relief or nausea. Please advise nursing staff if you have any pain or nausea.

Treatments

You will continue to wear your support stockings as ordered.

If you have had the trans vaginal tape procedure your wounds will be observed for healing

Day of discharge

Consults

  • Your surgeon will visit you.

Mobility

  • You should be mobilising independently

Hygiene

  • You should be attending to your hygiene needs independently.

Nutrition

  • You may eat food and fluids as desired

Observations

  • Your temperature, pulse, respirations and blood pressure will be monitored prior to discharge
  • You will be asked if you have any vaginal discharge.

Medication

  • You will continue to take your regular medications. Medication is available to you if you experience any pain.

Treatments

  • You will need to wear your stockings— especially overnight—for one–two weeks.
  • If you have had the trans vaginal tape procedure the condition of your wounds will be noted.

Discharge Planning

  • Your nurse will give you a discharge summary form and discuss it with you. This will include any follow up appointments you may require. Discharge time is 10 am.

Discharge advice

  • You may have a watery, blood stained vaginal discharge for the first couple of weeks. As healing takes place you may experience some dark spotting as the internal sutures dissolve.
  • You may feel fatigued.
  • You may need to take some simple analgesia (eg. Panadol) for pain or discomfort—especially on waking and settling at night.
  • Avoid strenuous activity, heavy lifting and housework such as vacuuming and mopping for six–eight weeks and driving for one–two weeks or as advised by your doctor.
  • You should mobilise around the house and yard initially then go for short walks. Aim to gradually increase your activity everyday.
  • Avoid sexual intercourse or inserting anything into the vagina (eg. tampons) for six–eight weeks to allow time for healing to take place.
  • Avoid straining when opening your bowels. To prevent constipation ensure you eat a diet high in fibre and drink two–three litres of fluid a day.

Report to your doctor if you experience:

  • an increase in or foul smelling vaginal discharge
  • fever (temperature above 38ºC)
  • persistent or increasing pain
  • wound redness, swelling or discharge
  • urinary symptoms such as difficulty voiding, urinary frequency or urgency, burning or pain when voiding, blood in the urine or foul smelling urine
  • constipation not resolved with stool softeners.

For more information

Contact Mater Private Hospital Springfield Reception: 07 3098 3900

© 2015 Mater Misericordiae Ltd. ACN 096 708 922

Mater acknowledges consumer consultation in the development of this patient information.
Mater Doc Num: PI-CLN-480001
Last modified 15/8/2017.
Consumers were consulted in the development of this patient information.
Last consumer engagement date: 23/7/2015
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