Postoperative Problems - Topic Overview
Many people do not feel well after surgery.
Pain, nausea, and a lack of energy may occur even after a minor surgery.
Usually, getting some rest and following the instructions your
surgeon gave you will help postoperative problems
diminish over time.
Different types of surgery require different
home care instructions. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions to
follow after your surgery. This includes learning about your medicines, diet
restrictions, wound care, showering or bathing, and finding out when you can
return to your regular activities. Your surgeon may think that you understand
more than you really do about what you should or should not do when you return
home. If you have any questions about your discharge instructions, be sure to
ask your surgeon.
Your surgeon will want to talk to you if
- Have questions about your home care instructions,
such as wound care, diet, or activity level, or when to schedule a follow-up
- Develop a symptom or problem that you do not know how
- Develop an unexpected symptom or
- Have problems with your prescription medicines. These
problems may include a rash, hives, nausea, vomiting, or stomach problems.
Check your symptoms to decide if and when you
should see a doctor.