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Major Complications Caused By Surgery

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Undergoing major surgery can be frightening to some of us. The patient’s life is always at risk upon undergoing any major surgery. The risk of complication is always present although it can be successful. Between one to three days after the procedure, complications are usually felt by the patients.
Patients may potentially experienced these complications following surgery.

  • Pain: Pain is a common complication experienced by a patient after surgery. The degree on the invasiveness of the procedure may play a role on the intensity of the pain. Minimal invasive surgeries have faster recovery from pain.
  • Bleeding: Surgical procedures involving incisions may create bleeding. There is minimal amount of blood lost during the surgery but in relatively long surgical processes, the total blood loss at the end of the surgery may add up. Prior the surgical procedure, any anemic patients are required to have blood transfusion.
  • Infection: Despite following preventive measures, the patient is always at risk for the development of infection. Moreover, antibiotics are used to prevent infection.
  • Blood Clots: There is a great risk that smokers, obese, and immobile patients may develop blood clots which develop in the legs. A deadly condition called pulmonary embolism can develop once these blood clots travel to the lungs.
  • Cardiovascular Risks: Older patients and those who have a heart condition have higher surgical risk. This is why a pre-operative evaluation of a surgical patient includes assessment of cardiovascular risk factors.
  • Pulmonary Risks: The blood clots in the leg may rupture and stuck in the lung circulation (pulmonary embolism). Fortunately, the risk is lowered by daily administration of a blood-thinning medication, like heparin.

Anyhow, people began to choose a minimally invasive surgery, known as robotic surgery, to treat illnesses. However, the manufacturer of the device that is used in robotic surgery has received complaints saying they neglected informing patients and doctors alike of the potentially harmful complications brought about their product. Robotic surgery may cause nerve damage and excessive bleeding in patients. However, nerve damage can be prevented through treatment. Before undergoing a robotic surgery, FDA tells patients to talk to their respective doctor in order to determine if da Vinci is the best surgical procedure for them.