At some point, many California residents need some type of surgery. Certain complications and problems are common after surgical procedures. These are things to look out for that could happen to you.
It’s normal to experience pain after surgery. This can occur regardless of the type of procedure you’ve had. However, there are now many non-invasive options available for certain procedures, which can be faster and produce little to no pain.
A low-grade fever can occur in some people post-surgery. However, if you develop a high fever, it could signify that you may have an infection. You should immediately speak to your surgeon and get medical treatment.
Immediately after surgery, many patients have reactions to anesthesia. It’s normal to feel tired and confused. You might even have other symptoms like sore throat, chills, itching and nausea. Some of these are considered surgical complications to anesthesia and are rare. Individuals who have had a stroke or who have heart disease, lung disease, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s should speak to their doctor.
Difficulty going to the bathroom
If you have trouble urinating after surgery, you might need a catheter to help you go. Anesthesia can cause this problem, which can lead to a urinary tract infection if it’s not addressed fast enough.
Constipation can also occur after surgery. Your doctor can prescribe laxatives to help you have bowel movements. Staying hydrated can also help your regularity.
Blood clots can occur with some types of surgery. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a dangerous type that can travel from your leg to the lungs and lead to pulmonary embolism, which could be deadly. If you notice swelling, redness or pain in your leg, contact your doctor immediately.
Being proactive after surgery could prevent these problems from worsening.