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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
    • signs of infection:
      • increased swelling
      • redness
      • increased drainage
      • increased warmth
      • pus
      • 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 (upset stomach) or vomiting (throwing up) 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