Fever: Medically speaking we define "fever" and an elevation of temperature to the level of 100.4 degrees on two (2) consecutive six (6) hour occasions. Many patients will have a very transient spike of their temperature which goes quickly away and does not recur. Generally our biggest concern is for those patients who meet the formal definition of fever as those patients are more likely to develop post-operative complications. In the first 72 hours after your tubal reversal surgery the most common causes of "fever" are as follows:
It is not unusual for patients to avoid coughing and deep breathing in the early hours and days after surgery. They do so because of pain or discomfort caused by expanding and contracting the various muscle groups associated with breathing and coughing. It is extremely important to take a very deep breath and to cough several times every 10-15 minutes while awake to prevent congestion in your chest and the possible resultant development of pneumonia.
- Pulmonary congestion
- Incision infections
- Urinary infections
If this type of maneuver does not quickly resolve your breathing issues then you should go straight to the Emergency Room at the hospital! There can rarely be very serious issues associated with difficultry breathing, such as a Pulmonary Embolis, which if left untreated can lead to death. So if you have breathing issues, including Shortness of Breath, go quickly to the Emergency Room!