When you go through any kind of operation, you’re going to need time to recover. Most people have some expected side effects from them, too. Pain and swelling, for example, make perfect sense after you’re operated on.

There are times when those complications don’t resolve quickly, though, and that could be a sign of mistakes or errors that have led to further pain and suffering. Here are some things to consider.

Items left behind can cause trouble

If something is left inside of you during the surgery, then there is a potential that the pain could be persistent or that you could suffer additional bleeding or injuries. If the item is sharp, it could cut you and end up causing the need for additional surgeries to stop internal bleeding.

Sterility matters

Infections may also be a sign that errors were made. Medical providers are supposed to use sterile equipment, to wash their hands and to maintain sterility throughout the procedure. If the hospital itself is not clean or the tools were reused from other procedures, then you could develop serious infections as a result.

It can be hard to know when a complication is a normal result of your body’s reaction to an operation and when it could be a sign of malpractice. Talk to your doctor to find out if you’re having reasonable reactions to the operation. Ask for a second opinion. If you aren’t getting the answers you need, then you may want to discuss your case with your attorney. Our website has more information on pursuing a medical malpractice case and the evidence you’ll need if you want to do so.