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What To Expect During Your Recovery After Surgery

After your surgery it is time for your recovery to begin. Find out what to expect during a normal recovery after surgery, how to identify an emergency during your recovery and find out when you can return to work and normal acticity.

Improve Your Hospital Stay
Find out how you can make your hospital stay a more pleasant one. These tips for improving your recovery in the hospital can help minimize frustration and pain and help you get back on your feet again.

Central Lines: Why Is a Central Line Necessary?
A central line is a special type of IV line that can do more than the standard IV. Find out why a central line may be necessary, the risks associated with central lines, and what a central line can do that a typical IV cannot.

Sepsis - Your Experience With Sepsis
Have you been diagnosed with sepsis? Have you experienced a loved one's battle with sepsis? Share your story here.

The Risks Of Cataract Surgery
Learn more about the risks of cataract surgery and how to deal with complications.

25 Tips For Success After Weight Loss Surgery
Twenty-five helpful tips for life after weight-loss surgery. Learn more about what can help you achieve your goals after your weight loss surgery.

All About Constipation
If you are having difficulty going to the bathroom after surgery you may be constipated. There is a risk of constipation after having a surgical procedure. Learn how to prevent constipation, what to do about constipation, when to call your surgeon and what you can do to make the symptoms of constipation pass faster.

Can I Use Peroxide and Alcohol on My Incision?
Find out the best ways to care for an incision after surgery, including whether or not you can use alcohol, peroxide, lotions, powders and ointments on your incision

Blood Thinners After Valve Replacement Surgery
After heart valve surgery or replacement, blood thinners may be necesesary. Find out why blood thinners are prescribed after heart valve replacement surgery.

Caring For Your Incision After Surgery
Learn how to care for your surgical incision properly. Find out the right way to care for your incision to heal quickly after your surgical procedure is over.

Common Questions, Concerns and Problems After Surgery
Do you have questions about your recovery after surgery? Find out the answers to common questions about incisions, complications and problems that happen during recovery after surgery.

Complications After Surgery
Did you experience unexpected problems or complications after surgery? Share your experience about what happened after your surgery.

Coping After Organ Transplantation
Maintaining your physical and psychological health after an organ transplant takes effort. Find out about the issues that transplantees face and where to find help if you need it.

Depression and Surgery
Identifying the signs and symptoms of depression can lead to faster treatment. A diagnosis of a serious injury or surgery can trigger an episode of depression. Find out the signs of depression here.

Dilaudid: What You Need To Know
Have you been prescribed Dilaudid (Hydromorphone)? Wondering what you can expect when you take Dilaudid or about Dilaudid's side effects? Find out what you need to know here.

Endometriosis After Hysterectomy
Endometriosis is a common reason for having a hysterectomy. Endometriosis pain can return after a hysterectomy. Learn more here.

Help! My Surgical Incision Is Opening!
What should you do if your surgical wound begins to open up? If your wound begins to "pop" open, a condition known as dehiscence, you need to know what to do about it.

Fentanyl: What You Need To Know Before Taking Fentanyl
Fentanyl is a drug commonly used before and after surgery and for other conditions. Find out what Fentanyl is, the risks of taking Fentanyl, how you can protect your family when taking Fentanyl and more here.

Heparin: Important Drug Information
Do you have questions about heparin? Find out why heparin is given, what you can expect when taking heparin, side effects and risks of heparin and more.

How To: Proper Hand Washing Technique
Learn how to prevent infections with proper hand washing techniques. There is a right way to wash your hands!

How to Care For a Surgical Incision
Learn how to properly care for an incision, preventing infection and healing quickly.

Is Bleeding After a Hysterectomy Normal?
Are you experiencing bleeding after having a hysterectomy? Find out when bleeding after a hysterectomy is normal and when the bleeding may indicate a serious problem.

Interview With Sheila - Hysterectomy For Endometriosis, Cramps and Bleeding
Find out more about hysterectomy as a treatment for endometriosis, bleeding and cramps from this interview. Find out what a real woman has to say about the procedure.

Is Pregnancy Possible After a Hysterectomy?
Pregnancy after hysterectomy, is isn't possible, or is it? Find out the truth about becoming pregnant after having hysterectomy surgery.

Know When Your Symptoms After Surgery Are an Emergency
Learn how to identify warning signs after your surgery.

Lactated Ringer's Information
Find out what Lactated Ringer's is, why it is given and what you need to know about Lactated Ringer's after surgery.

Morphine Sulfate: Drug Information
Questions about Morphine Sulfate? Learn more about the drug morphine, what you can expect when you are given a prescription for morphine, including the risks and side effects of morphine sulfate.

Questions: Why Does My Throat Hurt After Surgery?
Why does my throat hurt after surgery? What should I do about a sore throat after surgery? When should my throat feel better after surgery? Learn why general anesthesia and intubation during surgery can cause throat pain and what to do about it.

Preventing or Minimizing Scars After Surgery
Learn how to prevent and minimize scars. It is possible to minimize scars from an injury or surgery, find out the different ways to decrease scarring.

Recovering After Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy Surgery
Learn what to eat, what not to eat and when to call the surgeon while recovering from a tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy surgery. Find out what to expect during a typical recovery from tonsillectomy surgery.

Recovering After Surgery
How long will your recovery after surgery take? Have you gotten conflicting information about how long your recovery will last? Find out why here.

Signs and Symptoms of an Infection
There are many different signs of infections. Find out the signs and symptoms of general infections as well as incision infections.

Recovering From Inpatient Surgery: What to Expect
What to expect once your surgery is over and you leave the hospital

Surgery Drugs: Information About Drugs Used Before, During & After Surgery
Learn more about surgery drugs, the drugs typically used before surgery, during surgery and after surgery. A list of commonly used surgery drugs and the reasons they are used is here, including antibiotics, anesthesia drugs and more.

Step by Step Surgical Bandage Change Instructions
Changing a surgical bandage is not difficult, but doing it correctly can prevent infection and encourage healing. Learn how to change your bandage correctly here.

The Mitral Valve and Mitral Valve Prolapse
Learn about the mitral valve, one of the four heart valves, and mitral valve prolapse.

Types of Surgery Pain
There are many types of surgery pain. Learn more about the types of pain that may be present before and after surgery.

What is Dehiscence and Evisceration
Find out what to do if your incision begins to open, a complication known as dehiscence. An incision that opens up can become a serious problem that requires medical attention. Find out more about this surgical complication here.

When Can I Have Sex After Surgery?
When is it safe to have sex after your surgery? Should you wait before having sexual intercourse or can you have sex today? Find out when it is safe and when you should wait before returning to your sex life after surgery.

What to Eat During Your Recovery After Surgery
Find out what to eat after surgery to help improve your healing and help your incision close quickly. Proper nutrition and food choices can help your recovery.

When is it Safe to Bathe After Surgery?
There are many precautions that need to be taken after having surgery. Bathing and swimming may be limited for some time. When is it safe to take a bath after surgery?

Why Will I Have Surgery Pain Instead of More Pain Medication?
Pain after surgery is a major concern of many patients. Learn why some pain is to be expected, why no pain after surgery is unrealistic, and how your pain will be evaluated after surgery. Surgery pain is serious, learn more about how to control it.

When to Call Your Surgeon After Weight Loss Surgery
Weight loss surgery can be a very complex procedure. It is important to be able to identify when you are having a life treatening complication and when to call your surgeon. Sometimes, weight loss surgery can lead to emergenices that require immediate attention.

Blood Transfusion - Blood Transfusion Story
Did you have a transfusion during your surgery? Have you refused a transfusion after surgery or are you considering bloodless surgery? Are you having a procedure with blood conservation techniques? Share your experience with blood transfusions before, during and after surgery.

The Risks of Blood Transfusions
Are you concerned about the risks of blood transfusion? Would you like to know more about the risks of blood transfusions, and if you should be...

Blood Transfusions, Blood Donation and Blood Typing
Blood transfusions are often necessary, but there are risks associated with having a blood transfusion. Learn more about these risks, along with alternatives to transfusions, bloodless medicine and blood typing information. You can even share your experience with blood transfusions and donation.

Infection After Surgery - Infection After Surgery Stories
Did you have an infection after your surgery? Were you told by your doctor how to identify an infection? Share your experience with surgery infections here.

Question and Answer--Do I Need a Pap Smear After a Hysterectomy?
Do I need a Pap smear after a hysterectomy? Who should have a pap smear? Do lesbians need Pap smears? When is the best time to have a pap smear?

What are the Treatments for ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome)
What is the treatment for ARDS? Find out the treatments for ARDS and why they are used.

Tips For Improving Surgery Pain
How do you control surgery pain? There are many ways techniques and tips that can help you reduce pain and make your pain medication more effective.

Pain After Surgery - Coping With Pain After Surgery
How did you cope with pain after surgery? Find out ways to cope with pain after surgery and share your own experience.

What is ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome)?
What is ARDS? Find out what ARDS is, what ARDS stands for and more about ARDS.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) After Surgery
Do you have a urinary tract infection (UTI)? Find out why UTIs, also known as urinary tract infections are common after surgery and what causes the infection.

Sepsis: Identifying the Signs and Symptoms
Sepsis, also known as bacteremia or blood poisoning, is a very serious condition. Find out the signs and symptoms that are common during sepsis. Identifying sepsis quickly is key to effective treatment.

The Difference Between Sepsis and Septic Shock
What is the difference between sepsis and septic shock? Find out what sepsis is, how it differs from septic shock, and what causes septic shock after surgery or infection.

Temperature After Surgery
Are you concerned about a temperature after surgery? Find out if your temperature is serious, and what your fever means during your recovery from surgery.

Fever After Surgery
What are the causes of fever after surgery? Find out what causes a temperature after surgery, when a fever after surgery is an emergency and when to call your surgeon about a fever.

After Hemorrhoid Surgery
Are you considering hemorrhoid surgery? Find out what you can expect after having hemorrhoid treatment and during your recovery.

Driving After Surgery
Find out more about driving safely after surgery, including when it is safe to get behind the wheel.

Sepsis and Septic Shock: Understanding Serious Infections
Understand the difference between sepsis and septic shock, how they are diagnosed and the treatments.

Arterial Blood Gas (ABG)
What is an ABG, or arterial blood gas, and what does it mean? Learn about ABG results and interpretation.

Tips For Visiting a Sick Friend In The Hospital
These tips will help make visiting a sick friend or loved one in the hospital much easier and help make you an ideal guest.

Best Gifts For a Hospital Patient
Find out what gifts are best for a hospitalized patient, and which gifts are to be avoided for sick people

How To: Coughing After Surgery
Coughing after surgery can be very painful, but it is necessary. Find out the correct way to cough after having surgery.

Fecal Transplant Information
It may sound like something that a person made up just to pull your leg, but fecal transplants are a very real thing. For people with severe intestinal problems, a fecal transplant (fecal bacteriotherapy) may help improve the condition dramatically.

10 Common Problems After Surgery
Are you experiencing complications after surgery? Postoperative problems can range from minor to very serious. Find out more about the problems patients commonly face after having surgery.

Types of Drainage From a Surgical Wound
Is wound drainage normal after surgery? What does exudate mean and is it normal to have exudate from an incision? Find out more about normal incisions and when a surgical incision needs medical attention.

Ten Ways To Improve Your Recovery After Surgery
Do you want to make your recovery from surgery go faster? These ten simple tips will help speed your recovery time after your surgical procedure.

What Are Absorbable Sututures?
Learn what absorbable stitches are and why surgeons use them. Find out how to care for absorbable stitches and what not to do if you have dissolving stitches closing your incision.

Signs and Symptoms of a Blood Clot
What are the signs and symptoms of a blood clot? Find out more here.

What is a Surgical Drain?
Find out what you should know about why surgical drains are used, how to care for a drain and how they are removed.

Procalcitonin Results and What They Mean
Procalcitonin is a blood test for sepsis. Find out what your procalcitonin results mean and why it is important to diagnose sepsis early.

Incontinence Treatments - Incontinence Treatments After Prostate Surgery
Incontinence Treatments - Incontinence Treatments After Prostate Surgery

10 Things To Have At Home After Your Surgery
Preparing in the days before surgery can make the days after surgery far easier. Find out the ten things you should have at home when you leave the hospital.

About Anal Sex and Surgery?
Do you have questions about anal sex? Can you have anal sex after having surgery? Does anal sex lead to surgery? Find out the answers to these questions and more.

What is a Fistula?
If you've heard the term fistula you may be wondering what exactly is a fistula? Learn about the different types of fistulas that occur, what causes them, how they are typically diagnosed and the treatment.

Staph Infections
Staph infections can be a serious complication after surgery. Find out how to prevent staph infections, how they are treated and how to identify an infection.

Gram Stain, Culture and Sensitivity Testing
If your doctor suspects you have an infection, a culture and sensitivity may be performed to determine if you have an infection or how best to treat your infection.

Tips For Getting Enough Sleep in the Hospital

Understanding Hospital Floors and Units

Passing Gas After Surgery
Wondering why it matters if you pass gas after surgery? Find out about the serious complication that can be ruled out after surgery if you toot.

Pain Medication and Constipation
How do opioids such as morphine, Dilaudid and Fentanyl lead to constipation? Learn more about prevention and treatment of constipation when taking pain medication.

Blood Clots and Surgery
Blood clots can become a significant problem after surgery. Find out why they are so serious and what you can do to prevent them.

Anemia After Surgery
Anemia can be a serious problem after surgery. Learn more about postoperative anemia including common symptoms, treatments and more.

Common Problems After Surgery
Do you have questions or concerns about your surgery? Are you worried about what is happening during your recovery? Find solutions to common problems patients experience after surgery here.

Malnutrition After Gastric Bypass Surgery
Malnutrition after weight loss surgery can be serious, learn how to prevent it, risk factors, prevention, treatment, signs and symptoms.

Cellulitis Infection After Surgery
Cellulitis can become a very serious infection, find out what causes cellulitis, how it can be prevented, how it is treated and more.

What Not to Do After Surgery
10 important things that you can do to improve your recovery, minimize pain and reduce complications.

How Long Will Recovery Take After Surgery
Predicting how long a recovery will take after surgery is both an art and a science. There are ways to shorten a recovery period and things that can make the recovery last longer than necessary.

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