When To Call Us
While most surgeries are uneventful, there is always the chance that complications arise. We are usually able to catch these complications quickly when they occur in the hospital. However, discharge from the hospital offers a very delicate risk-reward proposition. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure as well as risks that are procedure specific. Below, we will detail the general risks of surgery that warrant a call to us right away.
- Fever: Any fever over 101
- Pain: Increasing or unusual pain
- Infection: The signs of infection include increased swelling, warmth, bleeding and/or redness at the incision site, significant pus or discharge (a little is normal) and/or a foul smell from the discharge
- Circulatory issues: If you feel any numbness or tingling in your extremities, you may be experiencing a circulatory problem. You may also see a loss of color in your extremities or a cold feeling in your fingers and toes.
- General problems: If you feel that your condition is worsening after leaving the hospital
- Incision problems: If the incision begins to reopen
- Any other unusual feelings, pains or discomfort
Most complications can be managed with ease when they are identified and treated promptly. Please do not hesitate to call us if you are feeling anything unusual.