Preventing complications (problems)
Your caregivers will do many things to reduce your chance of a developing a complication after surgery.
- Your blood pressure, temperature and pulse will be taken often after surgery.
- To improve circulation, you will wear compression stockings until you are walking at least 4 to 5 times each day.
- You will do deep breathing, coughing exercises, and use an incentive spirometer to help protect your respiratory system.
- Your dressing and incision will be checked often. The dressing will be changed or removed as needed. Staples are usually removed 3 days after surgery.
- You will have an intravenous (IV) line for one day. It is important to drink 6 to 8 glasses of fluid each day.
If you have questions about these care activities, ask your doctor or nurse.