Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
- You passed out (lost consciousness).
- You have severe trouble breathing.
- You have sudden chest pain and shortness of breath, or you cough up blood.
Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:
- You have pain that does not get better after you take pain medicine.
- 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.
- A fever.
- You have symptoms of a blood clot in your arm or leg (called a deep vein thrombosis). These may include:
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 laxative.