Modern medicine has brought surgery a long way, and we are grateful for every innovation! That being said, surgery is still a major event in anyone’s life. It can be difficult not to worry about what complications might crop up. The thing is, complications aren’t the end of the world. In fact, many people have to wrestle with some complications after surgery. They are just part of surgery and recovery. If you have a good surgeon, you can move forward with confidence. Just make sure you call Justice Healthcare for home assistance with you (or your loved one’s) recovery.
In our last blog, we discussed a few of the possible complications you might encounter. These are complications concerning surgery in general. When you meet with your surgeon before your operation, you will be able to learn about complications specific to the operation you are having. In today’s blog, we have a few more general complications that can occur during and after surgery. Read on to learn why it is such a good idea to have a professional in-home health team like ours on your side!
Common Surgical Risks
- There is always some bleeding during surgery. However, if you end up bleeding more than the normal amount, you may need an infusion. If bleeding gets serious enough, the surgeon may have to terminate the surgery. Bloodless surgery is possible for patients whose religions or beliefs prohibit blood transfusions.
Numbness and Tingling
- If you experience tingling or numbness around your surgical site, you aren’t alone. This is one of the most common aftereffects of surgery. The nerves have been sliced by the surgeon, so they can’t communicate, which leads to numbness and tingling. The good news is, the nerves often regenerate. Normal sensation usually returns, but not every time. If the damage was too great, the nerves won’t regenerate.
Injury During the Surgery
- This isn’t common, but there is always a risk that surgery for one issue may damage another part of the body. You may be getting your appendix out and end up with an injured intestine. Expert surgeons do everything possible to avoid this. Generally, they will be able to fix an injury during surgery. However, an injury can show up after surgery. If it is serious enough, you may need another operation.
Bruising and Swelling
- It is completely normal to have a rainbow of bruises around your surgery site. The bruising may even move as it heals. The severity of your swelling and bruising is determined by the force required to achieve the results you need, the type of surgery, and the care given once the surgery is over. These unpleasant aftereffects can be reduced with cold compresses and medication.
- Scars can’t always be prevented. This is especially true when you’re dealing with big incisions. A great surgeon will be able to minimize scarring, but the main responsibility for scar prevention falls to the patient during recovery. Your surgeon will provide important instructions for caring for your incision, and the better you follow them, the better your incision will heal. Keep in mind that smoking has been proven to make scarring worse.
- Any time the skin is broken, there is risk for infection. Surgical incisions are significant opportunities for bacteria to get into your body. The risk for infection is even greater if you’re going into surgery to get an infection solved in the first place. The medical team will follow stringent protocols for keeping everything clean. You will probably be given antibiotics before and after surgery.
- The risk for infection can be greater after surgery, when dressings need to be changed properly. The team at Justice Healthcare offer wound care services that will ensure you don’t need to worry about infection due to improper dressings.
- When we say “poor results,” we’re talking about significant scarring, the absence of desired results, or need for additional surgery. A great surgeon will do everything possible to prevent these outcomes. However, if the problem is more advanced than anticipated or the surgeon finds new problems during surgery, results may be affected despite the surgeon’s best efforts.
- Fortunately, this complication is very uncommon. It mostly shows up during surgery on the brain or spine. The location and type of surgery may heighten the risk.
- It is grim to hear, but every surgery carries the risk of death. If the surgery requires the patient’s heart to be stopped, the risk is even higher. This is a very important aspect to consider when you’re looking at an elective procedure like plastic surgery.
Turn to Justice Healthcare Group
Whether you have surgery on your horizon or you’re worried about a loved one undergoing an operation, the recovery period is the key to success. Let the health care aides at Justice Healthcare bring our expertise into your Houston home and ensure your recovery is smooth and complete!