Common post-operative problems

Learn more about common post-operative problems related to anaesthesia including sleepiness after sedation, vomiting, muscle pains and nausea after surgery.


You may find that you will be very drowsy on the first post-operative day. This is quite normal.


It is not uncommon for patients to become mildly depressed after a long and difficult operation, rather like the third day “blues” that mothers get after delivery of a baby.

Pain control

There are a large variety of analgesic drugs and techniques available for pain control.

Muscle pains

If the muscle relaxant scoline has been used this may cause you to have generalised aches and pains in your muscles for two to three days.

Nausea and vomiting

Although this may sound like a relatively innocuous problem, it can be very distressing, and is the most common complaint that patients have after surgery.

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