If you’ve undergone a joint replacement surgery, like hip or knee, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor if you have any concerns. His/her main priority is your safety and well-being. That being said, here’s what I tell my patients.
The following is not necessarily an exhaustive list of possible reasons to call your surgeon. YOUR surgeon’s post-operative instructions should be followed if any of the following conflict with the information your surgeon provided to you.
Call your surgeon if you experience:
If you experience any serious events such as shortness of breath, chest pain, loss of consciousness or altered mental state, loss of colour or warmth to your limb, fall, or are unable to move your operative limb, please go to the nearest Emergency Department immediately.
Written by Guillaume D. Dumont, M.D.
Paid Consultant of Zimmer Biomet
Guillaume D. Dumont, M.D. is a board-certified, fellowship-trained Orthopaedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist in Columbia, South Carolina. He specialises in the arthroscopic treatment of hip, shoulder, and knee injuries.