After Knee Replacement: When to Call Your Surgeon

Man on phone.After your knee replacement surgery, it’s important to follow your surgeon’s instructions.

When to call your healthcare provider

During recovery, call your healthcare provider if you have:

  • Trouble breathing or chest pain

  • Excessive pain or swelling in the knee or calf

  • Pain that is increasing or not controlled by pain medicines

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

  • A feeling of looseness or instability in the knee joint

  • Shaking chills or fever of 100.4˚F (38˚C) or higher, which may be a sign of infection

Preventing infections

An infection in another part of your body (such as pneumonia or bladder infection) can harm the new joint. 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 prevent infection.


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