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Aside from plastic surgery, most surgeries are deep inside of us where we can’t see exactly what took place. Because our sutures are on the inside and the parts that were removed or replaced are out of our scope of vision, we may not be able to tell right away if something went wrong or against plan during our surgery. It is very important to pay close attention to your body post surgery. Here are some warning signs that you need to see a professional immediately because your surgery may have been botched.
If you have a fever, chances are something is wrong. Before your surgery, it is best to ask if a fever may be a side effect of the surgery. If your doctor tells you that there is no anticipation of a fever, then if you develop one post surgery, go to the hospital right away. A fever is the first sign that something inside of you may not be right and your body is trying to tell you something. Our bodies have an even temperature and when that is off, something is up.
Inflammation is another sign that something is not right. It is quite normal for there to be swelling after a surgery, but if you have the burning feeling of your insides being inflamed, it may be a sign of something more serious. The moment you feel inflammation, ask your doctor if you should take an anti-inflammatory and see if that helps. If it does not help, then go to the hospital and seek another opinion. Inflammation can be a sign of something more serious like an infection.
If you go to the hospital with a fever and inflammation and it has been determined that you have an infection at the site of your surgery, you may have had a botched surgery. The first thing you need to do is get a course of action in place to kill the infection. Your health and medical needs come first. Communicate with your new doctor about what medicines you should take, for how long, and ask all the pertinent questions about your condition. It may be something simple that can be corrected, or it could be something worse that needs to be fixed. Try to find out which one it is because your surgery may need to be repeated.
When you are having your infection looked at, or if there is no infection but you feel off, have your medical team check for bleeding. You may be able to see some blood at the incision site, and if so, seek medical attention. If not, ask for tests that can determine if there is internal bleeding. If the bleeding is a result of a botched surgery, contact a medical malpractice attorney immediately to set yourself up to fight for justice.
It’s a good idea before surgery to check to make sure that your doctor is board certified and the surgery location is also certified.