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A 31-year-old member asked:

I might have an infected surgical wound, what should i do?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Important 2 find out: Surgical site infections do occur and need to be diagnosed and treated. Check in with your surgeon, he/she will diagnose infection. Typically surgical site infected wound is cultured, drained, dressing changes ordered and follow up. Antibiotics are often recommended. Don't wait and good luck.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
See you doctor: Wound care instructions should be obtained from a physician who has inspected your wound. Not all wounds are the same and not all will have the same treatment. Generally however, the wound site should be regularly cleansed with sterile saline or a wound cleanser. Deeper more involved wounds with signs of infection may require oral antibiotics. Consult with your physician for a plan of care.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Do you think I should clean infected surgical wound?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Only: With specific instructions directly from your surgeon. You also need to be seen right away to see if you should be on antibiotics.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How will I know if my surgical wound is getting infected?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Drainage: The telltale sign of a wound infection is purulent drainage ("pus"). Other signs include redness, swelling, a fever, the wound edges separating, and blood-tinged drainage.

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Last updated Dec 9, 2013

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