It is normal to experience side effects or complications as you may call it after undergoing a surgical procedure.
Some of these complications are minor and wear off easily after a couple of days while in some cases, there may be more severe complications that would need medical emergency treatment.
Your doctor or surgeon is safe insofar as the resulting side effect is not due to a costly and avoidable mistake he performed during surgery but what if the surgeon is at fault?
You can seek reparation by filing a lawsuit against such erring surgeons with the help of a surgical mistake attorney in Houston.
Pain: It is expected to feel pain after someone has just made a cut in your skin. How much and how long the pain is dependent on the surgical procedure you underwent and how you are able to cope with pain. Pain reliefs are usually given to control pain.
The advancement in technology has birthed less invasive procedures of making incision in people. This guarantees less pain and quicker recovery time. Discuss the available options with your medical doctor before he starts to tinker with your organs.
Infection: it is likely to develop a wound infection if tubes are placed in your body to inject or drain fluid from the body.
Wound infection is not a common side effect, it is estimated that less than 3 people in 100 will get an infection after surgery. However you are more exposed if you are older, overweight, smoke, diabetic or suffer from any medical condition.
Wound infection may be temporary. Antibiotics can be used to prevent them or counter their effect. It is recommended that you religiously follow doctor’s instructions for caring for the cut/incision in your body.
If you however notice redness and swelling around the cut, pus, or fever then you should quickly contact your medical doctor.
Lung problems: the two main types of lung experience you can experience are pneumonia or a collapsed lung, atelectasis. Lung problems as a side effect could arise due to the location where your skin was cut or the type of surgery performed or smoking.
Observations reveal lung collapse can cause shortness of breath, rapid breathing and heart rate or blue lips or skin.
Lung problems can be avoided if you stop smoking before undergoing the surgery. Frequent deep breathing, coughing and turning in bed can help lower the chance that you will have lung problems after surgery.
Get in touch with your doctor if you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms after your surgery.
Nerve damage: during some types of surgery it is possible to suffer the loss or damage to some nerves. Where the damage was due to the doctor’s negligence you may sue for compensation, however if the removal was a required procedure then it is normal. This can however cause you to become numb to pain.
While there remains no specific treatment for nerve damage, one can undergo a surgery to reconstruct the damaged nerve if it affects the bodily functions of some organs.