What Causes Postoperative Cold?
, my father had surgery to remove grade 2 skin cancer with a length of 40cm and a width of 25cm in the right thigh, almost 2 weeks since the operation and every 2 days a bandage was replaced, routinely consume mefenamic acid given from the hospital. But now he often feels cold to shiver, at first I thought it was cold due to the effects of the weather so I gave him warm clothes and ginger drink, but even though his body was wrapped in warm clothes he still felt cold, I tried to check his body temperature but the thermometer showed the number 29 ° C and did not break out in a cold sweat, he also complained of insomnia, I asked for help maybe there was a medical explanation related to this and what action should I do? Thank you
Good evening, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Coldness is not a natural effect after surgery, whatever the form of surgery. If what is meant by post-surgery is really immediately after surgery, then this can be caused by thin hospital clothes, room temperature that is designed cold, or because there is still the influence of drugs. But if you have talked about at home, let alone have 2 weeks difference, cold is not a natural side effect.
So what is experienced by your father must be handled more seriously, by going back to the doctor who treated him before. One of the most worrying is the presence of bacterial infection during or after surgery, because the infection is not always characterized by fever, but can also with body temperature drop below normal. The doctor may then encourage your father to have a blood test, which if proven to have an infection, will focus on the infection and be treated as soon as possible before it spreads or gets worse. The doctor will also look into the possibility that this is a completely different condition, and has nothing to do with the history of the operation, such as a condition for thyroid hormone abnormalities.
As for insomnia, this needs to be explored again, whether it's difficult to sleep because it's not sleepy, because it's cold, because of pain, or because of other things. Because if it's because of the cold, when handled cold, your father should be able to sleep soundly. So it is very important to get your father examined immediately, so you can be sure of what he actually experienced, and what treatment is most appropriate for him.
Meanwhile, continue to give your father warm food and drinks such as chicken soup and hot tea, limit his activities, help him in treating wounds, help him take medication as prescribed, apply warm balm and immediately consult a doctor. So, hopefully answering your question.