What to Expect After Surgery

When you need surgery to treat a hernia or a cancerous condition, you can rely on the expertise of board-certified general and trauma surgeon Susan J. Seman, DO, FACOS.

Dr. Seman uses the latest innovations in minimally invasive and robotic surgery to address a variety of underlying health issues. She customizes surgical plans that take into account her patients’ overall health and goals for surgical treatment. Dr. Seman also focuses on minimizing her patients’ recovery time, so they can get back to their usual routine as quickly as possible.

If you’ve been putting off surgery because you fear a long or complicated recovery, Dr. Seman can put your anxieties to rest and recommend the right recovery plan for your needs.

Post-surgery expectations

Immediately after your surgical procedure, you’ll need time to recover from the effects of anesthesia. While you’re in post-surgical recovery, her team will closely monitor your body temperature, heart rate, and oxygen levels to ensure that they’re normal and stable. They’ll also evaluate your surgical incisions and change your bandages as needed to prevent infection and other complications.

For some surgeries, a recovery period of several days in the hospital may be necessary to allow Dr. Seman to observe your initial healing process. She’ll determine the right time for you to be discharged from the hospital, so you can go home to finish your recovery.

While you’re in the hospital or at home, Dr. Seman may start you on a regimen of light exercises to help you start rebuilding your strength. It’s not uncommon for people to begin walking around and using the bathroom with assistance soon after surgery to promote proper blood circulation. This is important for reducing the risk of developing blood clots or other complications.

Evaluating your healing process

Depending on the type of surgery you have, Dr. Seman may request multiple follow-up appointments to continue monitoring the healing of your wounds. As everyone heals differently, she may need to see you more frequently if you have slow-healing wounds or if you’re experiencing any underlying health complications.

Dr. Seman will also provide pain management services during your recovery. She’ll recommend prescription or over-the-counter medications to keep you comfortable, and she’ll also coordinate your use of other medications if you’re treating an existing health condition.

Once your incisions heal, Dr. Seman will schedule an additional visit to remove stitches or sutures if necessary. As you continue in your recovery, Dr. Seman will work with you to determine if you need physical therapy or other types of therapy to get you back to your usual routine. Throughout the whole process, Dr. Seman will evaluate your health to ensure your surgery is successful.

If you’re in need of surgery or want to learn more about post-surgical care, book an appointment online or over the phone with Susan J. Seman, DO, FACOS, today.

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