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When to call your doctor

Call your doctor if you have:

  • a temperature of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • increased pain or tenderness near the incision
  • poor pain relief
  • nausea or vomiting that won't stop
  • increased tiredness
  • a generally worse feeling than you had when you left the hospital
  • problems urinating
  • severe constipation or severe diarrhea
  • a concern about any other symptoms that seem unusual.

Call your doctor if you have signs of infection:


If you have any concerns about safety, call your nurse or the hospital's patient representative office.

  • increased swelling
  • redness
  • increased drainage
  • increased warmth
  • pus
  • foul smell
  • bleeding at the incision
  • incision coming apart.

Call your doctor if you changes in circulation:

  • increased numbness
  • inability to feel or move fingers or toes
  • pale blue, white or abnormally cold fingers or toes.


Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Surgery: What You Need to Know, surg-ahc-21686

First published: 01/15/2011
Last updated: 01/15/2011

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts