Fevers after surgery

Many of my patients want to know the risks of surgery.  There are many that can be mentioned such as infection, recurrence, pain or even a fever.  Here are some of the more common causes of fever as noted in a recent article in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Assocation.

Time Courses for Postoperative Fevers
Day 1
Systemic inflammatory response syndrome.
Day 2-3
Breathing problems
Day 3-5
Urinary tract infection
Day 4-7
Wound infection, blood cot, gout
Day 5-8
Fever due to medication

Here is a link to the abstract:  http://www.japmaonline.org/cgi/content/abstract/100/4/281

To your health,
Dr. Pelto