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When should I call my doctor after ACL reconstruction surgery?

After anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery, watch for problems, and call your doctor if you experience any of the following:
  • Your knee keeps bleeding (small spots might show on the bandages, but they shouldn't spread).
  • You have pain that you cannot control.
  • Pus or foul-smelling liquid drains from your knee.
  • You have chills or a fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • You have nausea and vomiting that does not stop.
  • Your knee continues to swell or feel numb, and elevating your leg or loosening your bandage doesn't help.
  • Your foot or ankle starts to change color.

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