To make a long story short..... My 57 year old Dad died four days after having shoulder replacement surgery. Here are the things that I know happened over those four days and their progression:
He Had Surgery on Friday
He was sent home that evening about six or seven hours after surgery.
Before leaving hospital, he fell in the bathroom due to dizziness after surgery (did not hurt his shoulder due to him landing on other side)
Was prescribed strong pain medications including Oxycontin.
He did not urinate before leaving the hospital.
The surgeon's physician's assistant called to check on him the first three nights. Each night, my mom told Phys. Asst. that my dad was still not urinating (he was literally urinating drops each day). Phys. Assistant told her that was normal.
Doctor called on the third day after surgery and my mom explained again that Dad was still was not urinating. Phys. Asst., again, said that was normal. Phys. Asst. also told my mom that things seemed to be going fine and that he would not be calling to check on my Dad anymore.
My Dad went to bed on Monday night (three days after surgery). My mom went to bed a few hours later and my dad was still alive and breathing.
My Mom woke up on Tuesday morning to find my Dad had passed away in his sleep. She found him just as he had went to bed. He was on his back with his arm sling and ice pump hooked up to his shoulder. He hadn't moved.
My Dad had an autopsy as required by law due to him dying within short time after surgery.
Medical examiner told me that my Dad was in extremely good physical health. He said there were no blood clots, aneurysm's, heart attacks, etc. The only thing they found was fluid on brain and in lungs, which led him to believe it could have been from pain meds he was on.
We are awaiting final toxicology results.I am not a doctor and don't have experience in the medical field. I know that some of the stuff above doesn't make sense to me. Does anyone else have the knowledge to help me understand?
Why would a doctor say is was normal to not urinate for over three days (except drops)? Is it normal to send a shoulder replacement patient home the same day of surgery?
Thanks for your help.
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