When to seek help after an operation
After an operation, it can be hard to know which signs and symptoms are normal, and which are not. This article looks at common warning signs which may indicate that you’re not OK, and need to seek help.
Many things can change and feel different after an operation. You’re likely to be experiencing pain, and may have been prescribed medications which you haven’t taken before. Some of these medications may make you feel drowsy or sleepy, or you may just not be feeling like yourself.
- Operate dangerous machinery or tools
- Sign legal documents
- Drink Alcohol
While it’s normal to feel a little bit different after an operation when you’re recovering, there are certain symptoms which are not normal and which may indicate something is wrong, and you should seek help.
- Have a fever (a temperature of 38.5 degrees Celsius or higher)
- Have any unexpected bleeding
- Have pain which is not controlled by your pain relief medicines
- Have ongoing sleep problems
- Your wound has redness, pain, swelling or yellowish discharge
- Have swelling in one of your legs or pain in your calf muscle
- Are not managing your tasks of daily life like dressing yourself, showering or preparing meals
- You are feeling down and it’s not getting better
- You have any other problems which your doctor has warned you about.