- Nausea and vomiting occur frequently and may be due to:
- Reaction to the anesthetic or drugs used.
- Dilation of the stomach
- Due to handling of intra-abdominal organs.
- Taking too much fluid or eating too much, too soon after
- Passing a tube by mouth for a twenty-four-hour period can
often control nausea and vomiting. During this time, the patient is fed intravenously.
- Gas pains follow most abdominal operations. They will pass within a few days. If the
abdomen becomes markedly distended, relief can be obtained by inserting a rubber tube into
the rectum or by passing a stomach tube. A rectal tube will aid the passage of gas until
such time- usually the 3rd day - as the intestines regain their ability to function
- Pain in the wound area is universal. This is controlled by the administration of
narcotics or sedatives.
- Dizziness and weakness are an accompaniment of some types of major surgery. These
symptoms will disappear within a week or two without treatment.
- Headache occurs in about one of twenty people who have had a spinal anesthesia. A large
fluid intake plus special medications will usually cause it to subside. These people feel
best when lying flat in bed, but they should not hesitate to get up and move about when
the headache subsides. Such headaches may not entirely disappear for a week or two after