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what would be the appropriate therapy for a surgical wound infection?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Cleaning: A doctor would prescribe proper wound cleaning treatments. Surgically opening part of the wound to allow the infection or fluid to drain. Testing for the type of bacteria causing the infection, and usually antibiotic treatment would be prescribed. Possibly need to identify the source of infection if indicated. Added concern if there is a foreign body present at the surgical site such as mesh.
Answered on Sep 20, 2017
Dr. Bret Boyle
27 years experience Wound care
Proper evaluation: The appropriate treatment will depend on what the wound needs. Sometimes partial opening is necessary with clean out and good wound care, while other times antibiotics alone can do it. You must get a proper evaluation from your surgeons office to determine what is needed.
Answered on Jan 5, 2019

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