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Pain After Surgery (cont.)

Exams and Tests

When you see a doctor for pain after surgery, the exam will include the following:

  • Medical history, medications, and surgical history
  • A pain history, including increases or decreases in pain and whether your pain prevents you from breathing deeply, performing daily activities, eating, or sleeping
  • A physical examination, especially of the surgical site
  • Additional tests if the diagnosis is not made with a history and physical exam
  • Blood tests may include a white blood cell count for signs of infection, red blood cell counts to look for signs of bleeding, electrolytes to check fluid status, and possibly other tests.
  • X-ray images of the chest and abdomen may be obtained to assess possible pneumonia or signs of bowel obstruction or loss of intestinal movement.
  • A CT scan of the painful area may be necessary.
  • A sonogram may be obtained to look for collections of fluid and gallbladder or kidney stones.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/31/2015
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