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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpost-operativeˌpost-ˈoperative adjective [only before noun]  relating to the time after someone has had a medical operation post-operative care
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post-operativeThe key nursing responsibilities involved in immediate post-operative care can be summarized as follows: 1.He must devote some of his time to administrative, consultative or post-operative duties too.Although this varies a great deal from patient to patient, all post-operative patients are likely to have some degree of anxiety and/or pain.During this time patients will also require information about the peri- and post-operative periods.Therefore, you must arrange with the hospital for a place in a convalescent home for the post-operative phase.UC-San Diego questioned whether she had the intelligence to follow through with the difficult post-operative regimen.
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