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Total Hip Replacement (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Call your doctor immediately if any of the following occur:

  • You become short of breath or have difficulty breathing.
  • You have pain or a crushing sensation in your chest.
  • You feel your heart is racing or beating irregularly.
  • You develop a fever.
  • You show signs of an infection -- increasing redness and warmth along the incision site or drainage of fluid from the incision.
  • Your calf, thigh, or hip becomes unusually swollen, warm, red, or painful.

If you develop problems or symptoms and cannot reach your doctor, go to the nearest emergency department for immediate consultation.

Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


Klippel, J.H., et al. Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases. New York: Springer, 2008.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/17/2014

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