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Postoperative Complication

Any unwanted and unintentional effect or problem following a surgical procedure is termed a post-operative complication. They are of three types: immediate, early, and late. Immediate complications occur soon after the procedure, like bleeding, pain, fever, shock, lung collapse, etc. Early complications occur a day or two of the procedure like secondary bleeding, nausea, vomiting, urinary tract infection, etc. Late effects occur after days of the procedure, like infection, scarring, etc. Although significant attention and methods to prevent any complications are carried out by the physicians, some difficulties occur unavoidably.

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There is a clicking sound post-pectoral implant surgery. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am about four days postoperative from pectoral implant surgery with liposuction. Recovery is going well. No fever or unusual swelling, etc. I have what I feel to be a normal pain. My only concern is that sometimes (not always and not with same movements) I hear what sounds like a gur...  Read Full »

Dr. Pavan N Murdeshwar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to What your surgeon has said is true. Few days postoperative may be until two weeks there will be slight crackling sound near and around the implant site. It is normal. The space created for the implant during surgery is what makes that sound. Nothing much to worry abo...  Read Full »

What can cause pus to leak from stitches after cesarean?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a cesarean operation before nine months. But, my stitches have not been cured yet. Earlier, pus used to come out of the hard structure and began to gather on my belly. Now, after two months, again a little bit of stitch has been opened. Please help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Naresh Kumar M.

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have reviewed all the details you provided (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Based on your symptoms of pus at the postoperative suture site, it appears that you have developed an infection. I recommend consulting a general surgeon for further evaluation ...  Read Full »

Why do I have a fluid-filled sac on my chest?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a fluid-filled sac that has grown on my chest. It is painful to the touch and feels squishy like there is liquid inside. It is only painful if I touch it. I am not sure of the duration, but I noticed it yesterday. I am a non-smoker and a non-drinker. I currently do not take any m...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, I am glad you chose icliniq for your medical-related queries. I can understand your concerns. Based on your description, it sounds like you may have a condition called a seroma. A seroma is a fluid-filled sac that can form after surgery or trauma to the area. It is common for seromas to de...  Read Full »

I had knee surgery, and my D-dimer level is the same. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I encountered a motor vehicle accident one and a half years back. My right femur was broken above the knee. I had major surgery, including a knee replacement. I have never recovered. My D-dimer levels have been elevated for over a year now. I do not have a blood clot. Do you believe I have...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. Let me explain to you about the D-dimer levels. Elevated plasma D-dimer indicates that coagulation has been activated, a fibrin clot has formed, and clot degradation by plasmin has occurred. There are many causes ...  Read Full »

How long do swelling and numbness last after mandible surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, I was having a bilateral fracture of mandible at angles on both sides and have done the surgery. After six weeks, there is slight swelling on one side and also numbness in the lower lip and a small portion of skin below the lower lip. How much time will it take to subside the swelling and...  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi,Welcome to post-operative swelling and numbness after mandible fracture surgery are common. The swelling is mild as you have mentioned. Then, it should resolve in another one to two weeks as the tissues heal. The numbness is because the mental nerve, which runs through the mandibl...  Read Full »

Even after doing colostomy, I had some rectal leakage. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hi doctor,Before three years, I had a colostomy. After that, I never had any problems. Last week, some feces leaked out of my rectum. I did not think much of it as I know that sometimes there could be a mucus discharge, although I never had it. Last night it happened again, but it was more and had a...  Read Full »

Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 1. First of all, I would like to know the exact reason for making the colostomy. I am assuming it was because of transverse myelitis. Still if possible kindly mention the exact type of colostomy done. It would be documented in your hospital records. Else send a good ...  Read Full »

How do Adderall and anesthesia interact?

Query: Hi doctor,My female friend, who is 28 years old, is on Adderall for ADD and scheduled for hip surgery. Should she stop Adderall before surgery? Is there adverse interaction with anesthesia and Adderall. She had a long-term (eight months) adverse reaction to general anesthesia after surgery on the ot...  Read Full »

Dr. Amandeep Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your friend need not stop Adderall (combination of Amphetamine and Dextroamphetamine) to get anesthesia. Secondly, the only side effect that may happen is resistant hypotension due to catecholamines depletion. That can be taken care of by the anesthetist. ...  Read Full »

My father has delayed wound healing after ostomy surgery. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, My father is 84 years old and he has a history of GI blockage at the cecum due to surgery. He has delayed scarring due to recurrent blockage. Five feet of the small intestine was removed and reconnected with a stent. The major complication observed is delayed healing. His feces is leakin...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand the situation. Your father is going through a tough time in his life. It is always challenging to operate on this patient with such an age and it is always concerned about healing of the postoperative wound. I can figure out the information shared by yo...  Read Full »

Am I at an increased risk for gastric bypass surgery complications?

Query: Hi doctor, I am advised to have a gastric bypass. I am worried about the anesthesia and surgical risk because I am a 79 year old married male. I am obese with 265 lbs weight and 5'11" height. I am a diabetic, but it is under control with insulin. I also have emphysema. I use Spiriva daily and wear a...  Read Full »

Dr. Sukhdev Garg

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Regarding your query, you are definitely having a high risk of postoperative complications after surgery. You cannot eliminate your comorbidities, but can only optimize them. Do not stop any medication on your own as it may cause unnecessary delay in the procedure. Please...  Read Full »

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