Pain After Surgery (cont.)
Exams and Tests
When you see a doctor for pain after surgery, the exam will include the following:
- 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.
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
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