When to call the surgeon

When you go home from the hospital after surgery, call your surgeon if you have:

  • Swelling in your arm or hand, near the incision or under your arm (A small amount of swelling is normal for about one month after surgery. Sometimes, elevating your arm on pillows will reduce some of the swelling).
  • A fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Increased drainage from the surgical drain (more than 240 cc or 8 oz over one 24-hour period)
  • Increased pain not controlled with the pain medication
  • Other physical problems such as loss of appetite, changes in menstrual periods, or blurred vision. It is important to also report dizziness, shortness of breath, coughing or hoarseness, headaches, or digestive problems that seem unusual or that don’t go away

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 10/22/2015.


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