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Planning For Your Return Home

After Leaving the Hospital

The average hospital stay after surgery is about three to five days. Once you can perform certain tasks such as getting out of bed unassisted, using the toilet, showering yourself and climbing stairs, you are ready to be discharged.

Whether you will be discharged straight home or first to a rehabilitation centre is a decision which will be made after a discussion between you, your family, the hospital discharge planner and Professor Munjed Al Muderis. The decision will depend on a variety of factors such as the surgery you have had, your current condition and your home setup and situation.

If you go straight home you will need some assistance and help at home for several weeks. If this is not possible, you may need to spend some time at a rehabilitation centre first.

Tips To Make Your Homecoming Easier

  • Give a copy of your home key to a trusted family member.
  • Pay all your bills (such as telephone, gas, electricity etc.) prior to your hospital stay so that you don’t have to worry about them after discharge.
  • Keep some money at home so you won’t need to go to the bank.
  • Make an arrangement to get fresh groceries delivered to you at home after surgery.
  • At home place items you use frequently within easy reach so you do not have to reach up or bend down.
  • Rearrange furniture so you can get about easily on a walker or crutches. If your bedroom is upstairs you may want to change rooms so you sleep on the ground floor rather than having to climb the stairs.
  • Remove any items that may cause you to slip or fall such as rugs, floor mats and electrical cords.
  • Install mobility and disability assistance items in your bathroom such as a shower chair, a grab bar and a raised toilet. These can all be either hired or bought from a mobility aid store.
  • If you live alone ask a member of your family or a close friend to stay with you for the first few weeks after surgery. If this is not possible ask them if they could check on you regularly.
  • Keep important phone numbers handy such as our phone number, your local general practitioner and the emergency service numbers.


If your condition requires you to go to a rehabilitation hospital then the discharge planner and the nursing staff will arrange your transfer where you will be under the care of one of our trusted rehabilitation physicians. The choice of the hospital will be determined based on your preference and the availability of beds.

Contact Us

For further inquiries or to arrange a consultation, please contact Professor Al Muderis’ office at +61 2 88829011 or book an appointment online.