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how worried should I be

nd2078nnd2078 Posts: 31
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Recovering from Surgery
I am 3 days post PLIF, and just took my temperature (my thermometer is old, so probably not very accurate. Anyway My temperature was between 99.1 and 102.

I'm getting a new thermometer tomorrow. I feel fine all things considered, sore, but managable.

So should I be freaking out? The wound looks good (nice and pink), very little drainage, and what little drainage is blood.

I'd appreciate any response I get would be welcome.
Regards Nathan



  • Did you get some postop instructions from your surgeon? That document usually addresses increased temperature, and says when to call the doctor if you have a certain temperature. If you didn't receive any information, give your doctor a call. They are there to help you through this period, so don't hesitate to call them if you don't feel comfortable about a circumstance.

    Many people do have a low grade fever after surgery, I know I did, but just make sure you follow your surgeons instructions. You can't go wrong there.

    Good luck and take care,

  • I'm sorry to hear that you're not having an easy time. I had a slight fever after my surgery as well. We called my doctor right away and they said it was most likely because the anesthesia mimicks flu-like symptoms sometimes like a fever or cough. I just drank lots of fluid. I would call your doctor right away though so that they can document that you are experiancing a fever. All the best :)
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