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The symptoms and risks of post-surgical infections

On Behalf of | May 23, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

It may come as no surprise that preparing to undergo surgery can be stressful and daunting, as even a minor operation may carry some level of risk. While you might rely on medical professionals to provide you with a certain standard of care and inform you of any risks involved, things might not always go as planned.

Some safety concerns regarding surgery might even have little to do with the operation itself and may instead be present during the recovery period. One of the most common health concerns following a procedure may involve the risks of infection and such health issues could carry dire repercussions.

Risks of infection

Should medical professionals in Delaware fail to properly monitor your well-being during recovery, such negligence may only increase your risk of suffering an infection. Some topics to address regarding post-surgical infections might include:

  • Redness and swelling: The presence of redness or swelling around the site of your surgery could be a sign of a possible infection and addressing such issues swiftly may prove vital to protecting your health.
  • Surgical site drainage: Another common sign of infection may involve constant drainage seeping from the surgical site and this drainage may be red, green, or yellow and might have a distinct smell.
  • Types of infections: Urinary tract infections and pneumonia are two examples of types of infections that may be common during post-surgical recovery and knowing the signs thereof could be vital to treating your condition.
  • Adverse reactions: Studies also indicate that it might not be uncommon for patients to experience adverse reactions to surgical medications, which could increase their risks of suffering from a C. Diff infection.

Certain types of infection may spread rapidly through your body and complications from such health concerns could cause you to struggle with various issues and, in some cases, may even prove fatal.

Safeguarding your future

Suffering serious harm due to the onset of infection during recovery can be a harrowing experience, especially when your condition stems from the negligent actions of others. An infection could take a dire toll on your health, potentially causing your condition to deteriorate and prompting a need for further medical treatments. While the physical and emotional damage this might cause can be difficult to accept as is, the possible financial repercussions could also leave you with questions about the next steps to take to protect your interests.