The best way to bathe and protect your wound, such as how
to cover the area if needed and when it is safe to shower and let the incision
How to care for and change your surgical
What clothing to wear to avoid rubbing your incision
What symptoms to look for that may be a problem.
Signs of a skin infection, such as a fever, increased
pain, or increased drainage, need to be checked by your surgeon. Mild swelling
and redness around the incision area is normal after surgery.
Your instructions will include when to have a follow-up appointment with
your surgeon. Your surgeon will want to talk to you before your follow-up
You aren't sure about your home-care
instructions. Ask right away if you have any questions about wound care or
You develop a symptom or problem that you don't know how
You develop an unexpected symptom or
You aren't able to take your
When should you call your surgeon?
Call 911 or other emergency services right away if you have these symptoms:
An increase in
leg swelling. This may be a sign of
deep vein thrombosis, a condition that can be very serious if not treated.
Your recovery from surgery may be different from what
your surgeon expected. Other symptoms or problems may develop after your
surgery, even when you follow your surgeon's instructions. This can be very
Be sure to call your surgeon if you have an
unexpected symptom or problem, including:
Nausea and vomiting. If you aren't able to
keep fluids down, you may become
Pain that doesn't go away after you take your pain