After Hip Replacement: When to Call Your Surgeon
It’s important to follow all of your surgeon’s instructions after your hip replacement surgery. If you have questions, call your doctor.
Call 911 right away if you have any of the following:
Shortness of breath
When to call your doctor
Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:
Hip pain gets worse
Pain or swelling in your calf or leg not related to your incision
Tenderness or redness in your calf
Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider
Swelling or redness at the incision site gets worse
Fluid draining from the incision or a bad smell
An infection can harm the new joint. An example of an infection is pneumonia or a bladder infection. Be sure to call your surgeon or primary care doctor if you think you have an infection. Also call if you schedule a medical or dental procedure. You may need to take antibiotics to help prevent infection.
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