When you go to the hospital for surgery, you expect to be cared for properly.
Even in the best circumstances, there are some complications that could
happen after surgery. It’s important to know what they are and if
you should expect them, so you know if or when a mistake has been made
that is affecting your health.
Probably the most common surgery complication is pain. Normally, your pain
will be managed by the medical team while you’re at the hospital
or surgical facility. When you emerge from surgery, moderate pain might
be expected, but with the right support, it should be minor or non-existent
in most cases.
If you find that your pain is severe, that stitches aren’t settling
or that you aren’t recovering from the pain after a few days, it’s
important to check back with your surgeon. It’s possible that infection
is the reason for ongoing pain, a surgical item has been left inside the
body or that the surgery has been botched.
One of the things your surgical team should warn you about is muscle atrophy.
This happens when you don’t move enough following surgery. However,
if you’re in the hospital’s care, the staff should be helping
you move regularly, not allowing you to sleep or lie in bed all day long.
If you find you’re developing sores or not moving enough in the
hospital, you may be being neglected. It’s important to get