It's always important that surgery patients take great care to follow post-surgical instructions following any type of procedure, whether minor or major. The length, the kind of, and the severity of any complication will differ depending on the person, their age, their physical health, and the kind of surgery performed.
Nausea, vomiting, and stomach distress are common after surgery. These ailments are most often due to the general anesthesia.
Soreness, tenderness, and redness around the incision site are also common after surgery. The pain typically subsides as healing progresses.
Many patients experience restlessness after surgery. They may also have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or sleeping more than usual.
Thirst and Constipation
Many patients experience extreme thirst after surgery. Sometimes an electrolyte imbalance can result from lack of fluids and a patient may feel light-headed and dizzy. They may also complain of constipation and flatulence.
Shock and Hemmorage
Sometimes, severe complications arise. Shock can occur when blood flow is disrupted and blood pressure falls to a dangerously low level. Hemorrhaging (blood loss) may occur at the site of the wound and lead to shock.
Airway and Urinary Problems
Sometimes, a breathing tube is used during surgery and when removed can cause airway problems, coughing, and pain. Urinary retention can arise if a catheter is removed before the body's muscles begin functioning normally. Also, if left in too long, the catheter can cause spasms that will interfere in normal bladder control.
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