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
- signs of infection:
— increased swelling
— increased drainage
— increased warmth
— foul smell
— bleeding at the incision
— incision coming apart.
- changes in circulation:
— increased numbness
— inability to feel or move fingers or toes
— pale blue, white or abnormally cold fingers or toes.
- 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.
Important: If you have any concerns about safety, call your nurse or the hospital's Patient Representative Office.