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Postoperative infections could pose a threat to your health

On Behalf of | Dec 1, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

It might come as no surprise that preparing to undergo virtually any type of medical procedure can be a stressful and daunting process. Even a minor operation could carry a certain level of risk, and you might have questions about the possible risks involved and what to expect from the subsequent process.

Some types of surgical complications could even arise after you exit the operation room, especially if staff members fail to properly monitor your well-being during recovery. Postoperative infections are a prevalent example of a health concern that could pose a significant threat to your health and well-being.

Types of post-surgical infections

Studies indicate that there are numerous types of infections that can arise during the recovery period. Identifying and treating such issues swiftly may be vital to protecting against the unthinkable. A few common examples of post-operative infections may include:

  • Site of surgery: The presence of swelling or redness, or feelings of intense pain at the site of your surgery could be symptoms of a surgical site infection, which is a prevalent issue during postoperative care.
  • Lung infections: There are also some scenarios in which you might be at risk of suffering from lung infections, such as pneumonia. Signs of lung infections could include fever, fatigue and breathing difficulties.
  • UTI and C. Diff: Urinary tract infections and C. Diff are two more examples of health concerns that affect many patients during post-surgical care. Similar infections can carry numerous types of symptoms.
  • Systemic infections: Symptoms such as fever and fatigue could also be a sign of a systemic infection, which is a type of infection that could spread rapidly through various parts of your body.

Health professions in California may also have a duty to monitor your health when taking medications during recovery, as an adverse reaction to a medication could also lead to a risk of infection.

Negligence during postoperative care

This may only cover a few types of postoperative infections that could manifest during the recovery period, and the presence of negligence may only increase the risk of a similar outcome. Failure to identify and treat a postoperative infection can prove disastrous, as some types of infections could spread rapidly through your body if left unaddressed. Similar health concerns could place you at risk of suffering severe or even life-changing injuries. Experiencing similar hardships in life due to medical negligence can prove a difficult thing to accept.