In 2010, nearly $3 billion in medical malpractice lawsuits was paid out to people who sought compensation.
Post surgery complications are common, and some people aren’t aware that the complications and discomfort they’re receiving deserve some form of compensation.
When Post Surgery Complications Are Serious
You may think that pain or discomfort is to be expected after surgery, but sometimes what you’re experiencing can be dangerous.
Are you curious about what’s normal, and what complications you should be looking out for? If you want to stay on top of serious post surgery complications, make sure you pay attention to these problems.
Shortness of Breath/Difficulty Breathing
If you’ve been under anesthesia, you may think that being a little out of breath isn’t very alarming. Shortness of breath can be a very serious symptom.
Not being able to comfortably breathe is never a good sign. Shortness of breath could lead to dizziness, drops in blood pressure, and other serious problems.
Open/Not Healing Incisions
Everybody heals at their own pace. Incisions or other wounds that show no sign of healing after a few days are always troublesome.
Replacing soiled bandages with clean ones are normal after a few days pass, but as time goes on you should see signs of healing. If your wounds don’t seem to be getting any better, or if you see a lot of pus and blood, contact your doctor.
A fever is never a good sign, regardless of if you’re battling the flu or think you’re experiencing post surgery complications.
When you have a fever, your body is battling an infection. It could be fighting something that you had before surgery, or it could be something you picked up afterward.
Your Pain Gets Worse
Nobody is going to be at 100% after they’ve just been cut into. But there’s a big difference between experiencing pain from body parts that are healing, and being in agony because you’re not healing properly.
This is why it’s important to talk to your doctors about to what to expect before and after the surgery occurs. You’ll want to know if any discomfort you experience should be alarming or if it’s normal.
If you don’t feel like you’re improving, contact your doctor.
Confusion/Changes In Mental Health
Do you feel like it’s harder to do certain tasks? Do you feel more anxious, depressed, or even angry after your surgery?
“Mood swings” after surgeries shouldn’t be ignored. Don’t write off your changes in mood as something simple, they could be signs of post surgery complications.
If you feel like you aren’t in control of your mood, be sure to talk to your surgeon or doctor about what you’re feeling.
When you’ve gone through surgery, nothing you’re experiencing should be a “small thing”. Sometimes little changes can be signs that there’s something more serious happening.
Do you feel like there’s something wrong after your surgery? After speaking with your doctor, be sure to contact us so we can get you the support and compensation you deserve.