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Many people do not feel well after surgery.
Pain, nausea, and a lack of energy may occur even after a minor surgery.
Usually, getting some rest and following the instructions your
surgeon gave you will help postoperative problems
diminish over time.
Different types of surgery require different
home care instructions. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions to
follow after your surgery. This includes learning about your medicines, diet
restrictions, wound care, showering or bathing, and finding out when you can
return to your regular activities. Your surgeon may think that you understand
more than you really do about what you should or should not do when you return
home. If you have any questions about your discharge instructions, be sure to
ask your surgeon.
Your surgeon will want to talk to you if
Check your symptoms to decide if and when you
should see a doctor.
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If you have had surgery:
Do not smoke or use other tobacco products. Smoking slows healing because it decreases blood supply and delays tissue repair. For more information, see the topic Quitting Smoking.
Write down your symptom or problem. It may help you become
more aware of your specific symptom or problem or give you ideas about its
cause. It will also help prepare you to talk to your surgeon about what you are
Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home
You may be able to prevent problems after
surgery by taking steps beforehand to improve your health.
Be sure to follow all of your surgeon's instructions after
surgery to prevent problems. You may be instructed to:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
You can help your
health professional diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to
answer the following questions:
November 16, 2012
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Brent Shoji, MD - General Surgery & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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