Warning Signs To Inform Your Doctor Of After Surgery

After a general surgery, there are certain complications that can emerge that you should look out for. There are steps you can do to reduce your risk of some of these complications, but you'll also want to inform your doctor about any symptoms you experience that might be concerning. There are several warning signs of common complications arising from surgery.

Excessive Bleeding

Some amount of bleeding is expected after a surgery. However, if you are experiencing bleeding that won't stop, this is something you should contact your doctor about and you may need to return to the clinic to have the problem treated. You may need more stitches.

Swelling and Pain

You may experience swelling and pain, especially in your legs. This might be the result of a blood clot forming. Blood clots can be prevented through medication. It's especially important that you make sure that a blood clot doesn't form in your lungs. 


After a surgery, you'll usually feel tired. While this is normal, feeling exhausted is not. You shouldn't be so tired that you're unable to function and should consider bringing up your exhaustion to your doctor. 


During recovery, you'll want to cough. Otherwise, you'll face the risk of developing pneumonia. In some cases, though, you may have a difficult time coughing, or it may be painful to cough. Make sure to bring this fact up with your doctor. 

Urination Problems

There are several issues you might develop with your bladder. You might have a difficult time urinating and may need the help of a catheter. You may also develop a urinary tract infection. Any type of infection that you develop after a surgery should always be discussed with your doctor.

Know What to Expect

Make sure that you're informed fully about the entire surgery process. Depending on the type of surgery you had, you might face unique complications. You'll want to have your entire health checked out so you'll know the type of complications you might face that are unique to you. For example, you might have an underlying medical condition that may lead you to heal more slowly or experience more pain. 

You will want to kick your addictions, especially smoking, before you undergo surgery. You also shouldn't start smoking again after you have had surgery because cigarettes will increase the risk that you'll develop a blood clot. It also places greater stress on your heart.

If you notice these signs after having a general surgery, contact your doctor immediately, and don't forget to familiar yourself with what to expect regarding the surgical procedure and post-op.