One aspect that determines how unpleasant you may feel after surgery is the kind of procedure done. Typical discomforts include:
• Post-general anesthesia nausea and vomiting
• Sore throat (from the breathing tube placed in the windpipe during surgery)
• Edema, irritation, and pain at the location of the incision
• Gas and indigestion (flatulence); • Insomnia and agitation; • Thirst;
What potential post-operative issues are there?
After surgery, issues occasionally may arise. They are the source of the bulk of problems.
Potential issues include:
Shock. The body’s capacity to safely carry blood is diminished by shock, which causes a considerable decrease in blood pressure. Shock can be brought on by blood loss, infection, brain injury, or metabolic problems. Any combination of the following therapies is possible:
• Preventing any bleeding
•Assisting with breathing (if necessary, using mechanical ventilation)
• Minimize heat loss
• Providing oxygen; giving blood; or intravenous (iv) fluids
• Writing prescriptions for medications including those that raise blood pressure
To hemorrhage is to bleed. For instance, a sudden loss of blood at the surgical site might result in shock. Treatment options for sudden blood loss include:
- Blood plasma or IV fluids
- Blood donation
- Further surgery to stop the bleeding
Infection of a wound. Bacteria can cause an infection at the surgical site. Healing may be slowed by infections. Through the bloodstream, wound infections can travel to adjacent organs or tissue as well as to far-off locations. Infections from wounds may be treated using:
- An operation or other technique to drain or clean the diseased region
Pulmonary embolism (PE) and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Venous thromboembolism (VTE) refers to all of these disorders together. Because the illnesses are so closely connected, this word is employed. Additionally, their treatment and prevention are tightly intertwined.
A blood clot in a sizable vein located deep within the arm, leg, or other areas of the body is known as a deep vein thrombosis. Pain, edema, and redness in a leg, arm, or other location are symptoms. Call your healthcare practitioner if you have any of these symptoms.
Embolism in the lungs. The clot has the potential to break free from the vein and go to the lungs. A pulmonary embolism results from this. The clot may stop the flow of blood to the lungs. It’s a medical emergency that might be fatal.
Call 911 or seek immediate assistance if you experience any of the following signs. Chest discomfort, breathing difficulties, sweating, a rapid pulse, and fainting are among symptoms. The blood clot’s size and location will affect the course of treatment. It might contain:
- Blood thinners called anticoagulants are used to stop additional bleeding.
- Thrombolytic drugs (which break up clots)
- Treatments such as surgery
How can I handle my discomfort more effectively?
Consult your physicians and nurses about: