The importance of post-surgery check-ups

September 7, 2016

Surgeries are major procedures in your life. They may kill you if things go wrong but they can also make you healthy again. One of the best ways to make sure you are healthy again is having a good rapport with your doctor before and after the surgery. Here is why you need to keep going for post-surgery check-ups:

  1. If you experience increased belly pain

This is the main reason that you should go to the doctor for after a surgery as a diagnostic laparoscopy procedure (a procedure performed to examine a woman’s reproductive organs), gastric lap band surgery (a surgery that reduces the size of your stomach and helps in weight loss) or lap appendectomy procedure (a surgery performed to remove your appendix). Your doctor can prescribe the right painkillers and other treatments or medicines you do not know which can help you cope with the pain where the incision was made. It is crucial that you talk to your doctor about this as he knows best what painkillers are good for you. If you take the wrong medicine, you may get allergic reactions and if you do not, you will have to cope with more pain than you should have to.

  1. If you experience loose stool

This happens for about four to eight weeks after a surgery like a gastric lap band surgery or lap appendectomy procedure. However, if you’ve had a diagnostic laparoscopy procedure, this may not be a problem for you. While there is not much that can be done to stop this, your doctor can prescribe medicines which decrease the rate of it. If you do not go to the doctor after the operation, the condition could worsen.

  1. If you experience a sore throat

This is another very painful problem, which occurs because you will probably have a breathing tube attached to your throat post some types of surgery. You must make sure that you go to a doctor and take the appropriate medicines to solve this problem. Wrong medicines can lead to side effects while no medicine will not decrease your pain.

  1. If you experience an infection

This is one of the most common causes of death after a surgery. You will be doing everything in your power to make sure your wound does not pick up an infection, and yet it may happen sometimes. This is why it is essential that you go through the things you must still keep doing as the wound becomes smaller to prevent infection.

  1. To know about the right diet and the activities you can do

You will get back to your normal life eventually, but for the first few days after your surgery, you must restrict both your diet and the amount of activity you carry out in a day. To know how to do this, please consult your doctor about how quickly you can go back to the swing of things.

  1. To prevent other illnesses

Many complications could come from the surgery you went through including fever, bleeding from wounds as well as difficulty in breathing. If you face any of these scenarios, you must immediately call your doctor as this probably means that either something went wrong with the surgery or you have done something wrong. Therefore, if you see any of these signs, please go and talk to your surgeon.

These are just some of the reasons you should always go to the doctor after a surgery as he/she knows a lot about medicine and he can definitely help you out.