Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call
You passed out (lost
You have severe trouble breathing.
You have sudden chest pain and shortness of breath, or you cough
Call your doctor now or seek
immediate medical care if:
You have pain that does not get better after you take
You have loose stitches, or your incision comes open.
You are bleeding through your dressing. A small amount of blood is normal.
You have signs of infection, such as:
Increased pain, swelling, warmth, or redness.
Red streaks leading from the incision.
Pus draining from the incision.
You have symptoms of a blood clot in your arm or leg (called a deep vein thrombosis). These may include:
Pain in your calf, back of the knee,
thigh, or groin.
Redness and swelling in the arm, leg, or groin.
Watch closely for any changes in your health, and be sure
to contact your doctor if:
You do not have a bowel movement after taking a
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