A Patient's Guide to Lung Surgery
After Your Lung Surgery - In Case of Emergency
What To Do If...
You Need Immediate Help
Go to your local emergency room or call 911 if you are experiencing:
- Fast heart rate - more than 150 beats per minute, especially if you are short of breath
- Shortness of breath NOT relieved by rest
- Fever with chills
- Coughing up bright red blood
- Sudden numbness or weakness in arms or legs
- Sudden, severe headache
- Fainting spells
- Severe abdominal pain
- New onset of nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Bright red blood in bowel movement
- You Have Concerns
Call your doctor if you are concerned about:
- Weight gain - 1 to 2 pounds per day for two days
- Worsening ankle swelling or leg pain
- Worsening shortness of breath
- Sharp pain when taking in a deep breath
- Pain in calf that becomes worse when leaning head toward toes
- Urinary tract infection - frequent urination, burning or urgency with urination
- Temperature higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit, twice in 24 hours
- Bleeding, drainage or oozing from incisions that has increased
- Incisions that are red, warm to touch, swollen or opening
- Skin rash
- Extreme fatigue
- Acute gout flare-up
Also call us at (323) 442-5849 if:
- you have questions regarding your surgery or your incisions.
- you have questions regarding your medications or other symptoms not listed here.
- you can't decide whether your symptoms require you to go to the emergency room.