If you’ve undergone a joint replacement surgery, like hip or knee, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor if you have any concerns. Their main priority is your safety and well-being. That being said, here’s what I tell my patients.
The following is not necessarily an exhaustive list of possible reasons to call your doctor. YOUR doctor’s post-operative instructions should be followed if any of the following conflict with the information your doctor provided to you.
Call your doctor if you experience:
If you experience any serious events such as shortness of breath, chest pain, loss of consciousness or altered mental state, loss of color or warmth to your limb, fall, or are unable to move your operative limb, please go to the nearest Emergency Department immediately.
Written by Dr. Guillaume Dumont, who received remuneration as a Zimmer Biomet consultant for writing this article