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Fever 1 week post-op? Fever 1 week post-op?

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Unread 01-30-2012, 09:06 PM
Fever 1 week post-op?

Ok, I had a SILS HYST BSO TVT-O, CYSTOSCOPY on January 24, 2012 just about one week ago. I was in the hospital for 23 hours, and my temperature got to 100.1 in the hospital but it was 99.5 at discharge. It has stayed in the "low grade" range, below 100, but tonight I was getting chills, so I took my temperature, and it got as high as 101.5.

I am not having any discharge from my incision site, or anything else that would indicate any infection.

I will call my doctor tomorrow, but just wondered if fever post-op is normal.

I am also not optimistic about getting information from my dr., I called the office today to ask about a pain in my upper thigh, it feels very strained, like a muscle pull or something, and after telling me the dr. wasn't in today, and not understanding the word "thigh," the person answering the phone reluctantly said she would have someone call me back. Inasmuch as it is almost midnight, I guess that is not going to happen!
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Unread 01-30-2012, 09:28 PM
Re: Fever 1 week post-op?

Fever post op is not normal. Please call your DR's office tonight and ask to speak to the on-call DR. They may want you to go to the ER. If you have an infection, the earlier they catch it, the easier it is to treat.

Let us know what you find out, OK?

Hugs,
Linda
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Unread 01-30-2012, 09:31 PM
Re: Fever 1 week post-op?

Fever is always something to call the doctor about. I did have a low grade fever right after surgery and they decided to keep me one more day after that to made sure things were ok... I was told that a fever was something to always call about after the surgery...
Does your doctor's office have an answering service, you might want to call and have someone call you back... just to be on the safe side...
Or maybe your insurance has a "nurse" hotline... they can give you some answers too...
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Unread 01-31-2012, 07:17 AM
Re: Fever 1 week post-op?

Doodleowner55, I sure hope you've called ur Dr by now. A fever is always something that has to be addressed. I had a fever on day 8 & 9 post op. It was about 101.7 each day right in the afternoon. My Dr immediately sent me to a CT Scan to look for a possible abcess on my pelvis. Though I did not have an abcess I was placed on antibiotics for 10 days to fight infection. I have my followup today and I feel great! So please do not hesitate to call your Dr.
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Unread 01-31-2012, 10:16 AM
Re: Fever 1 week post-op?

So, I called my dr's office this morning. I get the same unhelpful person who answered the phone yesterday, when I called asking about the pain in my upper thigh, who told me the doctor was not in, and didn't understand the word "thigh."

I tell her I had a hysterectomy last week, and I have some concerns. She again says the doctor is not in. She won't be in until tomorrow. She doesn't even ask me what are my concerns! I tell her I had a fever last night of 101.5, and that I am concerned about infection. She repeats the doctor is not in. I ask, isn't there a nurse practitioner or someone else I can talk to? I remind her I called yesterday with a concern about a pain in my upper thigh. She says the doctor won't be in until tomorrow.

By now I am getting pretty upset. I say, ok, so if I have an operation and have some concerns, what, I have to wait three days to talk to anyone? She gets defensive and says, the doctor is in surgery today. I say, I understand that, she was doing surgery on me one week ago, but I had fever last night, and I am concerned that could be a sign of infection. She says, well, do you have fever now? I say no, but it was 101.5 last night. She asks what it is now, I say 97.9, she says, well, you're fine now.

At this point I am trying to control my temper and say, I can't believe that if I have concerns after surgery, I can't speak to anyone there for three days, that is unacceptable. She sighs and says she'll tell the doctor I called and if the doctor feels it's necessary, she will call me back.

UNBELIEVABLE!! I went to this doctor from a referral from my regular gynie because she is a specialist in SILS and DaVinci surgeries, she is one of the leading surgeons in our area. I knew when I saw her twice before surgery that she has no office/bedside manner and her staff was hard to understand, but, really?? A patient calls twice in two days with concerns, including fever, which is one of the things they tell you to call about, and you are told you have to wait until the doctor shows up on Weds? and she MAY call you back???

I'm going to hope this is just a bad office person, and when the doctor gets the message (if she does) she will call back, but the two times I've spoken with her she has been very brisk and unfriendly.

Now I'm wondering if I should have gone with my regular gynie, a very nice lady who may not have had the experience this one has, but would have given me reassurance on a follow up.
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Unread 01-31-2012, 11:16 AM
Re: Fever 1 week post-op?

I am on my 7th day today too and I feel absolutely awful. *Hugs* I hope your Dr. gets back to you. I am waiting for mine to call me today. The waiting is the worst.
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Unread 01-31-2012, 01:26 PM
Re: Fever 1 week post-op?

I got a fever on my 7th day and kept it until my 14th day. No clue as to why. I made sure to call my dr and was checked for infections and there was nothing wrong. They decided in my case, it was just a reaction to the surgery. I had no pain though, well no new pain. Waiting is awful, but just make sure you continue to stay in contact with your dr and if no one there will help you it may be best to go to the ER. It is always best to be safe. Good luck!
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Unread 01-31-2012, 02:14 PM
Re: Fever 1 week post-op?

Update--
Ok, so the office called, and said to come in for a blood and urine test, and scheduled a face to face with the doc tomorrow am.

The tech took my urine and blood, then said she was calling in Bactrum. I asked why, she said for a possible UTI. I asked, did the urinalysis show a UTI? She didn't answer, but said the results wouldn't come in for 72 hours.

I asked why is she calling in an anti-biotic for a UTI if they don't know that I have a UTI and she said well, you can wait if you want, but if you do have one, then you're 72 hours behind.

I have absolutely no symptoms of a urinary infection. In fact, my urine sample was perfectly clear, not cloudy (sorry TMI). I told her to go ahead and call it in, but I don't know if I should take it or not. I think I'll at least wait until my appt tomorrow am and discuss it with the dr. Is she just doing this as an "in case?" Shouldn't I have symptoms if I have a UTI?

Maybe I"m like daydreamblevr and just have fever with no infection. I have not had a fever today.
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Unread 01-31-2012, 03:24 PM
Re: Fever 1 week post-op?

Doodleowner, to take the Bactum is good just in case you DO have the UTI. Let me tell you what happened to me. On my 8th and 9th day (sat and Sun) I ran a fever of 101.7 in the afternoons only. I called the Dr on MOnday to let him know and he immediately had me come in for a urine test which would take 3 days for an outcome. So he sent me for a CT Scan of my pelvis area on Tues. The CT Scan showed a shadow on my pelvis so he immediately had me re admitted to the hospital that Tues to place me on an IV with strong antibiotics. On Wed I was undergoing a laproscopic surgery to remove fluids from my pelvis area to test for infection. Long story short, my infection was minimal and I went thru four days at the hospital after having been there 11 days prior for my dvh which was a one day stay. I am not mad at my Dr I am happy that he took this precaution thinking the infection could've been bad. Once the cultures showed the infection was minimal I had already been on antibiotics for days so I was on my way to recovery had it been bad. So please do what the Dr asks just to be cautious. Your Dr is at least waiting for the urine results and taking care of you with the Bactum instead of rushing you to the hospital! LOL
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Unread 01-31-2012, 06:57 PM
Re: Fever 1 week post-op?

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Originally Posted by scorp1159 View Post
Doodleowner, to take the Bactum is good just in case you DO have the UTI. Let me tell you what happened to me. On my 8th and 9th day (sat and Sun) I ran a fever of 101.7 in the afternoons only. I called the Dr on MOnday to let him know and he immediately had me come in for a urine test which would take 3 days for an outcome. So he sent me for a CT Scan of my pelvis area on Tues. The CT Scan showed a shadow on my pelvis so he immediately had me re admitted to the hospital that Tues to place me on an IV with strong antibiotics. On Wed I was undergoing a laproscopic surgery to remove fluids from my pelvis area to test for infection. Long story short, my infection was minimal and I went thru four days at the hospital after having been there 11 days prior for my dvh which was a one day stay. I am not mad at my Dr I am happy that he took this precaution thinking the infection could've been bad. Once the cultures showed the infection was minimal I had already been on antibiotics for days so I was on my way to recovery had it been bad. So please do what the Dr asks just to be cautious. Your Dr is at least waiting for the urine results and taking care of you with the Bactum instead of rushing you to the hospital! LOL
Oh my gosh, that must have been scary! Did they find an infection in your pelvis area and if so, what was it? I am going to start it tomorrow, after I talk to her.
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