Postoperative care refers to the care you receive following a surgical procedure. This may include pain management and wound care. The type of postoperative care you require depends on the type of surgery you have.
Postoperative care begins immediately after surgery, for the duration of your hospital stay, and may continue after your discharge from the hospital. Part of postoperative care is awareness of the potential side effects and complications of your procedure.
Depending on the type of surgery you have, there are many potential complications in the postoperative period. General complications include infection, problems at the surgical site, and blood clots due to inactivity. Prolonged inactivity can also cause a loss of muscle strength.