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Day surgery: Joint injections - discharge care

  • For children going home after a joint injection in the Surgery Centre.

    Eating and drinking

    • After the anaesthetic, your child can start eating a light diet such as sandwiches, pasta, soup or jelly. Avoid fatty or junk food.
    • Babies can breastfeed or have formula feeds as usual.

    Nausea and vomiting

    • Do not worry if your child feels sick or vomits once or twice after leaving hospital.
    • If they vomit or feel sick, stop giving food for about one hour. Then try a light diet if your child can manage it without feeling ill.
    • If your child keeps vomiting, please call your child's doctor (the telephone number is at the end of this page) or your nearest hospital emergency department.

    Wound Care

    • A small amount of ooze may appear from the injection site/s. If this occurs, gently clean with a tissue or clean, damp cloth.
    • If your child has a dressing leave it in place until your child's review appointment, or take it off as told by your child's surgeon.


    • Because your child has had anaesthetic, they should rest for the next 24 hours with an adult taking care of them.

    Pain relief

    • Paracetamol can be given at home every four to six hours for one to two days if needed. Read the packaging for the correct dose for your child according to their age. Ask for help if you are unsure. Do not give any medicine with paracetamol in it more than four times in 24 hours.
    • For more severe pain call your child's surgeon or see your family doctor.


      • Please arrange a follow up appointment as discussed with your child's doctor. If this was not discussed, an outpatient appointment notice will be posted to you in the week after your child's operation.
      • Contact your child's surgeon if you have any questions or concerns about your child's care at home.

      Contact details

      • The name of your child's doctor at the RCH is:


      • The Royal Children's Hospital
        T: (03) 9345 5522 (24hrs).
        Ask switchboard to page the on−call rheumatology/othopaedic surgeon if you are concerned about your child.

      • Surgery Centre
        Monday to Friday 7AM to 7PM
        T: (03) 9345 6570

      For more information

      Fact sheet developed by the RCH Surgery Centre.  First published 2005. Updated January 2012.


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