How to recognize complications

How to recognize complicationsCall your family doctor or surgeon if:

  • You develop a temperature (taken by mouth at least half an hour after eating or drinking) higher than 38 C. (101 F.).
  • You notice any change in the amount, colour or odour of drainage from your incision or  notice a sudden increase in pain around the incision.
  • You notice any changes in the skin around your ankle or foot.
  • Your new ankle joint suddenly seems unstable or difficult to control when you try moving it or you suddenly have trouble walking.
  • You notice increased pain, swelling or tenderness in the calf or thigh of EITHER leg.
  • You notice that EITHER leg or foot appears pale or bluish in colour or feels unusually cool to the touch.

Call 911 immediately

In rare cases, a blood clot can travel from your leg to your lungs—a condition known as “pulmonary embolism.” It’s good for patients and families to know the signs and to understand that this is a medical emergency. Call 911 if you develop sudden or unusual chest pain, unexplained shortness of breath and/or rapid breathing.