Recovering From Surgery

Learn about recovery timelines, rehab and therapies, dos and don'ts, and other tips for healing and preventing complications.
Recovery begins as soon as your procedure is over. Learn about dos and don'ts, rehab and therapies, and other tips for healing and preventing complications.
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Pneumomediastinum
Tracheostomy
Tracheostomy Care
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How and Why Narcan Is Used to Treat Pain Medication Overdoses
Man With Constipation
Trouble Pooping After Surgery? Here's How to Fix It
Pain or cramps in stomach
Common Reasons for Stool Changes After Surgery
Patient with fever
Is a Fever After Surgery Serious?
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Healing and Recovering After Your Surgery
Peritonitis
Peritonitis: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment
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Common Types of Post-Surgery Pain and How to Fix Them
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How to Fix Common Post-Surgery Pains
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Why Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) Are Common After Surgery
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Respiratory Therapy: More Than Breathing Treatments and Inhalers
Doctor talking to recovering patient after surgery
How Long Should My Recovery Surgery After Last?
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Discover When a Ventilator Is Necessary During and After Surgery
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When Debridement Is Necessary and How It's Done
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Lower Extremity Amputations That Are Treated by Physical Therapists
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Common Causes of Constipation After Surgery
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Malnutrition After Gastric Bypass Surgery
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How to Prevent or Minimize Surgery Scars
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What to Know About How Wounds Are Closed
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Incision Opening After Surgery: When It Is an Emergency
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Easy Instructions on How to Change a Surgical Bandage
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Common Issues During Recovery From Surgery
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What to Do If You Have Trouble Sleeping After Surgery
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What to Do If Your Throat Hurts After Surgery
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Why High Blood Pressure Can Exist After Your Surgical Procedure
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Don't Ignore These Depression Signs After Surgery
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Find out How Long After Surgery to Wait Before You Can Take a Bath
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Smart Ways to Deal With Pus From a Wound
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Morphine: What You Should Know
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Get Info on How and Why Breathing Treatments Are Used After Surgery
Urethrotomy
What Is a Urethrotomy and Why Is It Important?
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What to Know About Flumazenil
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Signs of an Infection After Surgery
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Tips for Recovering After Hemorrhoid Surgery
Woman with stomach cramps
What to Do If You Can't Urinate After Surgery
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Delirium: In the Hospital or After Surgery
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Be Aware of These Common Problems After Surgery
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What to Know About Taking Fentanyl Before and After Surgery
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How to Prevent DVT After Surgery
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When Can I Drive After Surgery?
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Why Arterial Blood Gas Testing Is Done and What the Results Mean
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Know the Difference Between a Sepsis Infection and Septic Shock
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Diabetes and Surgery: Blood Sugar and Your Surgery Outcome
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Learn What You Need to Know About Blood Culture Lab Test Results
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What Is Sepsis and Septic Shock?
Surgery Images, Surgery Patients Images,
Pus: What Is it Other Than Gross?
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Making Sense of Blood Thinners For Surgery Patients
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Anal Sex: Safe After Surgery?
Bracing while coughing, how to cough after surgery
Atelectasis: What It Is, How It Is Treated
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Preventing and Treating Pressure Ulcers After Surgery
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What's in Your IV Pain Meds?
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Learn When Chest Pain After Surgery Is Abnormal
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Tips for Losing Weight After Weight-Loss Surgery
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Learn How to Care For Your Incision After Surgery
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Prevent Infection With Proper Incision Care After Surgery
Hand washing
MRSA, VRSA, VRE: The Alphabet Soup of Hospital Acquired Infections
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How to Care for Dissolvable Stitches
Wound care
What to Do If Your Surgical Incision Is Opening
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What You Can Do About Numbness and Tingling After Surgery