When should I call my doctor after an esophagectomy?

After an esophagectomy, call your doctor if you:

  • Are having pain or fevers that are getting worse.
  • Notice warmth, redness, drainage, or bleeding around the incisions.
  • Are feeling weak, becoming more short of breath, or feel your heart racing.
  • Have diarrhea or black stools.

You should also call your doctor if you have:

  • A burning feeling in the throat.
  • A cough that doesn’t go away.
  • A fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the whites of the eyes or of the skin).

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