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When should I call my doctor after having surgery?

Call your doctor if you have any of these signs of infection:

  • Ongoing red bleeding from your incision. (It’s normal to have a small amount of bloody discharge—but not red bleeding—at home.)
  • Redness, swelling, separation, odor, or yellowish drainage from your incision.
  • Fever of 100.4°F (38.0°C) or greater.
  • Flu-like symptoms (for example, chills, body aches, fatigue, or headache).
  • Increase in pain or pain medication that isn’t working.

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