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Complications of major surgery

  1. 1. COMPLICATIONS OF MAJOR SURGERY<br />OLUSEYE AYOOLA SOYEBO<br />DEN/2005/075<br />
  2. 2. OUTLINE<br />INTRODUCTION<br />Definition<br />CLASSIFICATION<br />Due to anesthesia<br />Complications of G.A.<br />Due to surgery<br />Perioperative complications<br />Postoperative complications<br />Immediate/early<br />Late complications<br />
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION<br />SURGERY: <br />Medical treatment that involves operations on or manipulations of the patient's body and, usually, cutting the body open to perform these.<br />COMPLICATION: <br />a disease or problem that arises in addition to the initial condition or during a surgical operation.<br />
  4. 4. Complications of major surgery can be broadly classified as those:<br />Due to anesthesia<br />Due to surgery<br />
  5. 5. DUE TO ANESTHESIA<br />Anesthetic complications depend on the mode (General or Local) and types of anesthetic agent used (anesthetic agent toxicity).<br />
  6. 6. COMMON COMPLICATIONS OF G.A.<br />Direct trauma to the mouth<br />Slow recovery from anesthesia due to drug interactions or inappropriate choice of drug dosage.<br />Hypothermia due to long operations with extensive fluid replacement/cold blood transfusion.<br />Allergic reaction to anesthetic agent<br />Minor effect: post-op nausea & vomiting<br />Major effect: CVS collapse, respiratory depression<br />
  7. 7. DUE TO SURGERY<br />Perioperative complications<br />Postoperative complications<br />Immediate/early complications<br />Late complications<br />
  8. 8. PERIOPERATIVE COMPLICATIONS<br />Refers to problems arising during surgery, which include:<br />Hypotension<br />Blood loss<br />Mismatched blood transfusion<br />Vasodilatation from a combination of premedication and anesthetic agents.<br />Raised blood pressure<br />Use of ketamine<br />Phaechromocytoma<br />Uncontrolled hypertension<br />
  9. 9. Cardiac arrest<br />Air embolism<br />Tissue hypoxia<br />Blood loss<br />Air embolism<br />Increase in circulating catecholamine<br />Use of exogenous adrenaline in the presence of hydrogenated hydrocarbons e.g. Halothane<br />Hypoxia<br /> Reduced o2 in inspired air<br />Inadequate blood flow in myocardial failure<br />Inadequate alveolar ventilation due to respiratory depression<br />Insufficient functioning hemoglobin<br />
  10. 10. Asphyxia<br />Combination of hypoxia & hypercapnia, caused by respiratory obstruction<br />SIGNS:-<br />Noisy breathing during partial obstruction<br />In the presence of endotracheal tube, difficulty in inflating & deflating the lungs<br />Cyanosis<br />CAUSES:- physical & mechanical.<br />Flexed head in anesthetized px with/without endotracheal tube.<br />Endotracheal tube blocked by pus, blood, foreign bodies.<br />
  11. 11. Pressure on trachea from without, during operations on large tumors of the neck e.g. thyroidectomy<br />Chemical causes<br />Inhalation of intestinal contents {can be due to stimulation of the back of the tongue by foreign bodies e.g. laryngoscope<br />
  12. 12. POST OPERATIVE COMPLICATIONS<br />Refers to complications arising after surgical operations<br />Immediate/Early complications<br />Respiratory,<br />Cardiovascular,<br />CNS,<br />Genito-urinary,<br />GIT and<br />Wound complications<br />
  13. 13. Respiratory Complications<br />Respiratory insufficiency<br />Airway obstruction<br />Often caused by the tongue which falls back to block the oro- and nasopharynx<br />Presence of foreign bodies e.g. gastric contents, blood, pus, forgotten throat packs.<br />Aspiration<br />Aspiration of gastric contents in px that have recently eaten<br />Hiccough<br />Clonic spasm of the diaphragm with reflex closure of the glottis. It may occur soon after operation due to irritation of the mucosa of the esophagus and stomach by anesthetic gases<br />
  14. 14. Atelectasis(pulmonary collapse)<br />Increased quantity/viscosity of bronchial secretion<br />Deficiency in mechanism for expelling bronchial secretion<br />Intubation of respiratory tract<br />Bronchopneumonia<br />Infection of Atelectasis<br />
  15. 15. CVS<br />Hemorrhage<br />Reactionary (occurring within 24hrs)<br />Dislodgement of a blood clot/loose ligature at the cut end of a blood vessel<br />Oozing of blood from an extensive raw area<br />Platelet deficiency resulting in impaired clotting<br />Prothrombin deficiency, e.g. in liver dx<br />
  16. 16. Secondary hemorrhage (after 7days)<br />Bleeding follows necrosis of blood vessels from infection and may be accompanied or preceeded by fever<br />SIGNS<br />Pallor, sweating and cool skin<br />Bleeding from wound<br />CARDIAC ARREST<br />Commonest cause is tissue hypoxia which may result from:<br />Resp. obstruction<br />Severe hemorrhage<br />shock<br />
  17. 17. Deep venous thrombosis<br />Venous stasis<br />Age<br />Roughening of the endothelium resulting from trauma<br />Myocardial infarction<br />
  18. 18. CNS<br />Failure to recover consciousness<br />May be due to cerebral hypoxia as a result of e.g. hypoglycemia<br />Convulsion<br />Attacks of involuntary tonic or clonic movements of the trunk, limbs and face with or without loss of consciousness.<br />Predisposing fx in the post-op period are:<br />Pyrexia<br />Epilepsy<br />hypocalcaemia<br />
  19. 19. GENITO-URINARY<br />Retention of urine<br />failure to pass urine within 12-24hrs of surgery when bladder is distended.<br />more common after pelvic and perineal operations.<br />Due to action of atropine & other cholinergic anesthetic agents (decrease muz contractility)<br />Pain in operation site<br />Urinary tract infections<br />
  20. 20. GIT<br />Nausea & vomiting<br />May be caused by anesthetic agents<br />Peritonitis &intra-abdominal abscesses<br />Following operation in septic conditions<br />Diarrhea<br />Drugs: oral antibiotics, laxatives, magnesium containing antacids.<br />Operations: vagotomy & drainage, gut resection.<br />Upper GI bleeding<br />
  21. 21. WOUND COMPLICATIONS<br />Hematoma<br />Predisposes to infection and delays wound healing<br />Infection<br />Usually occurs 5-7days after surgery<br />Contributing factors:<br />Longer duration of operation<br />Age<br />Poor surgical technique<br />Wound dehiscence<br />Raised intra-abdominal pressure<br />Weakness of wound<br />
  22. 22. POST OPERATIVE PYREXIA<br />Pyrexia after operation may be caused by:<br />Metabolic response to trauma in the first 24hrs<br />Infection or hematoma of the wound<br />Laryngo-tracheitis from endotracheal intubation<br />Peritonitis or intra-abdominal abscess<br />Complications of blood transfusion: mismatched blood<br />Drug sensitivity<br />Injection abscess<br />
  23. 23. LATE COMPLICATIONS<br />WOUND<br />Hypertrophic scar, keloid, wound sinus.<br />ADHESIONs<br />Strangulation, intestinal obstruction<br />
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