Heart Surgeries

When should I call my doctor about my incisions from open heart surgery?

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  • After your open heart surgery, call your healthcare provider if you notice:
    • Sternum, leg, arm, or chest tube incisions that are red or hot to touch
    • An increase in the amount of drainage from incisions
    • Change in color of drainage from incisions (from clear yellow to cloudy white or yellow), possibly with a foul smell
    • Increased swelling or soreness around incisions, especially with a fever
    • Increased swelling or redness at an intravenous (IV) site
    • Clicking or movement in your sternum after the first 6 to 8 weeks
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