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When to Call A Doctor

After arthroscopic surgery, call your doctor immediately if you:

  • Have increased pain or swelling in the affected joint, especially if the joint is also hot, tender and red

  • Develop a fever

  • See fluid draining from an incision site, especially fluid that is bloody, foul-smelling or discolored

  • Notice that a stitch has come undone

  • Observe that the area near a stitch is red and tender

  • Develop numbness or tingling near your repaired joint

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