Good care continues after surgery Good care continues after surgery

After an operation, side effects such as pain, swelling and inflammation in the incision area can occur.

Complications can also happen, which can’t be prevented: infections, excessive bleeding, anesthesia reaction or an accidental injury. Some people are at more risk of suffering the above, because they have other medical conditions. It is important for the patient to talk with his/her surgeon and ask him/her how he/she will feel and what can do or not during the first days, weeks or months after a surgery. The Agency for the Investigation and Quality of Medical Attention, points out the most common doubts to this respect. Take note to consult with your doctor:

  1. For how long will the patient be unfit?
  2. What type of equipment and additional assistance could the patient need when returning home?
  3. When can the patient physically exercise again?
  4. What other measures should be taken into account?

Generally, a surgery cut or injury will be closed by the doctor with a suture. He can also cramp, or close it with tape or paste it. Under suitable care it will become a scar. Size and location are important, however, restricting mobility, being attentive to potential infections occurring thereon, maintaining the affected area dry and remove bandage according to surgeon indication is important.

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