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When to Call the Nurse

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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.