If your wife or someone who is close to you has experienced or is experiencing mood swings after a medical or surgical procedure, a number of things could be to blame. Mood swings can be caused by a negative reaction to the anesthesia that was administered before the medical procedure, or it could even be stemming from the nature of the procedure itself.
Some of the other reasons a patient can experience mood swings include:
- The patient is reacting to the drastic change in his or her routine following the surgery or medical procedure.
- The patient is not taking proper care of him or herself in terms of the recommended exercise and/or diet regimen.
- The patient is reacting to a withdrawal of some kind.
- This withdrawal can be stemming from the absence of medication or steroids to which the patient had become accustomed.
There can be a number of other reasons causing the mood swings. If the surgery or medical procedure involved the reproductive system, for example, the patient may be experiencing a hormonal imbalance, and that imbalance can lead to mood swings. A hysterectomy, for instance, is commonly known to result in mood swings because of the nature of the procedure.
Mood swings can also occur as a result of medical malpractice. Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed by a surgeon, doctor, or another medical professional by neglecting to correctly and competently perform his or her medical responsibilities. If the medical professional damaged the patient’s brain during surgery, the swings can be caused by anoxia or hypoxia. Hypoxia is the result of low oxygen delivery in the body, whereas anoxia means that there is an absence of oxygen being delivered to the organs and the tissues in the body. Both of these conditions can result in mild to severe mood swings.
Keep in mind that not all mood swings are the direct result of medical malpractice. Any one of the other reasons that were listed in this article — or another reason altogether — can cause patients to experience mood swings or altered mental functions after a serious medical procedure.
Determining the Next Steps
If your wife or someone else you know is experiencing severe mood swings or other negative side effects following surgery or a medical procedure, dial 911 or consult the patients' primary physician. If the patient is not in immediate danger or has passed away as a result of the medical procedure, you should consider speaking with one of our experienced medical malpractice lawyers or on-staff doctors. The physicians at Ross Feller Casey can help you determine the underlying cause of the mood swings your loved one is experiencing and whether a medical malpractice lawsuit is an option. Contact us today, for help.