When to Call the Doctor

After going home from surgery, be sure you understand when you should contact your surgeon's office.

Call your surgeon if you have:

  • A temperature of 101° F or higher
  • Increasing pain or tenderness at the surgical site
  • Poor pain control
  • Signs of Infection
  • Increased swelling
  • Increased drainage
  • Increased warmth or redness
  • Pus or foul-smelling drainage
  • Bleeding at the surgical site
  • Incision coming apart
  • Changes in circulation (numbness/tingling, pale, cold, or blue fingers/toes)
  • Nausea (upset stomach) or vomiting (throwing up) that won't stop
  • Increased tiredness or a feeling of being unwell that has gotten worse since leaving the hospital
  • Problems passing urine or severe constipation
  • Concerns about any other symptoms that seem unusual