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Harvard Medical School

When to Call A Doctor

After surgery, you should contact your health care professional if you develop:

  • A fever

  • Yellowish green or bloody discharge from your wound

  • Sudden worsening of pain or redness at the incision site

  • Abdominal or pelvic pain

  • A foul-smelling vaginal discharge or heavy bleeding

  • Unusual pain or redness in your legs

  • Chest pain, shortness of breath or cough

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