After Hip Replacement: When to Call Your Surgeon
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
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.