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P916_ABC_DVT_PE After Surgery

C hapter 4 How to Stay Active After Surgery After any operation, you’ll have some side effects. There is usually some pain with surgery. There may also be swelling and soreness around the area that the surgeon cut. Your surgeon can tell you which side effects to expect. There can also be complications. These are unplanned events linked to the operation. Some complications are infection, too much bleeding, reaction to anesthesia, or accidental injury. Some people have a greater risk of complications because of other medical conditions. You should have received physical therapy while you were in the hospital or at a rehabilitation center before going home from the hospital. What to Expect at Home Getting out of bed and walking as soon as possible can prevent most of the problems that develop after hip or knee surgery. For this reason, it is very important to stay active and follow the instructions your doctor gave you. You may have bruises around your incision. These will go away. It is normal for the skin around your incision to be a little red. It is also normal to have a small amount of watery or dark bloody fluid draining from your incision for several days. It is not normal to have foul smell or drainage that lasts more than the first 3 to 4 days after surgery. It is also not normal when the wound starts to hurt more after leaving the hospital. 12


P916_ABC_DVT_PE After Surgery
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