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Surgical Department

Your hospital stay after surgery: When to call for help

While you are in the hospital, be sure to let your care team know if you have any new problems or if your symptoms get worse. For example:

  • You have new or worse chest pain.
  • You have new or worse trouble breathing.
  • You have a new or worse headache.
  • You are confused and can't think clearly.
  • You have new or worse lightheadedness or weakness.
  • You have pain, redness, or swelling in your arm, leg, or groin.
  • You have pain that does not get better after you take pain medicine.
  • You have new or worse nausea or vomiting.
  • Your incision comes open.
  • Bright red blood has soaked through your bandage.
  • You have a new rash.
  • You have signs of infection, such as a fever or swelling, redness, or pus near the incision.
  • You fell down, or you need help to get out of bed and move around.
  • You have trouble with any of the lines, tubes, or devices attached to you.

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