After an orthopedic surgery, you may experience some worrisome postoperative complications. Call the nurse if you experience any of the following concerns:
- Temperature greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Increased warmth that is accompanied by redness and streaking or swelling.
- Drainage that is thick, yellow, cloudy or green or white. It is normal to have clear-yellow to a pink-tinged fluid drain from the wound.
- Foul odor at the wound site.
- Continuous nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
- Excessive pain that is not relieved by pain medication and/or elevation of the upper extremity (higher than your heart) and ice.
- Excessive drainage leaking through the surgical dressing.
- Circulation problems – dusky or blue extremity or cold to the touch.
- Any other postoperative question or concerns.