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The possible symptoms and risks of post-surgical infections

On Behalf of | Apr 16, 2022 | Medical Malpractice |

Preparing to undergo a surgical procedure can be an intimidating experience, as there might be some level of risk with even a minor operation. While you may rely on your surgical team to provide you with a certain standard of care during and after the procedure, things might not always go as planned. 

Some types of health risks might not even stem from errors or complications during your operation, but instead may manifest during the recovery period. One of the most common issues that can arise during recovery could involve post-surgical infections and such issues could take a dire toll on your well-being. 

Symptoms of infection 

There may be numerous types of infections that might manifest after an operation, each of which could carry its own set of symptoms and potential health risks. Some types of post-surgical infections may include the following: 

  • Surgical site:  Surgical site infections remain a common concern after an operation, and some symptoms of these conditions may range anywhere from redness or swelling at the site, or even intense pain and the presence of drainage. 
  • Urinary tract:  Studies also highlight the risks of UTIs, especially when procedures require the use of catheters, and such infections could present with symptoms such as burning sensations or complications with urination. 
  • Lung infection:  After your surgery, you may also be at risk of suffering from conditions such as pneumonia, which could leave you suffering from bouts with fever and fatigue and may also create various breathing complications. 
  • Adverse reactions:  Another common cause of infections after surgery could pertain to having an adverse reaction to medications, which could increase the risks of health issues such as C. Diff. 

If medical professionals in North Carolina fail to detect and treat such health concerns during recovery, the results could prove disastrous, as infections can spread rapidly and affect various parts of your body. 

Medical negligence 

There may be a variety of health risks that can arise during post-surgical recovery, especially with the presence of medical negligence. Infections can arise under various scenarios after a medical procedure and diagnosing and treating an infection in a timely manner may play a vital role in taking the necessary measures to prevent the unthinkable. However, should staff members fail to properly monitor your health during this period, the fallout of a resulting infection could cause you to suffer severe or even permanent harm.