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When to Call Your Physician

There may be times after you are discharged that your condition needs to re-evaluated. Some specific signs and symptoms to watch for will be written on your discharge instruction sheets. If you develop any of these, you need to call your surgeon/physician or 911 immediately, depending on how serious the problem is.

What are some symptoms to be concerned about?

If you develop symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, moderate to large amounts of heavy bleeding, loss of consciousness, numbness, or loss of bodily function you should call 911. This is not an all-inclusive list. You should also call 911 anytime you feel that your condition is an emergency.

When should I call the surgeon/physician?

If your condition is worsening, your symptoms change or you have any concerns, you should call your surgeon/physician.

If you have a wound or incision you also need to watch for any signs or symptoms of infection.

I have an appointment with my surgeon/physician scheduled but am having some problems now. Can I wait to talk to them at my appointment?

Sometimes, something you feel is a little problem can develop into a larger problem if it is not taken care of right away. It is better to be safe and check with the surgeon/physician if you are unsure about something that is happening. If you wait until your appointment, it may take longer to treat or require you to return to the hospital.