After Hip Replacement: When to Call Your Surgeon

Man on telephone.After your hip replacement surgery, it’s important to follow all of your surgeon’s instructions. If you have questions, call your doctor.

Once home, call your surgeon right away if you have:

  • Trouble breathing or chest pain

  • An increase in hip pain

  • Pain or swelling in the calf of the leg

  • Unusual redness, heat, or drainage at the incision site

  • A feeling of looseness or instability in the hip joint

  • Shaking chills or fever of 100.4˚F (38˚C) or higher

Preventing infections

An infection in your body (such as pneumonia or a bladder infection) can harm the new joint.  So, be sure to call your surgeon or primary care doctor if you think you have an infection. Also, call if you schedule a medical or dental procedure. You may need to take antibiotics to help prevent infection.


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