A 54-year-old male asked:
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last week i had open inguinal hernia surgery and had my incision glued together. how should the incision look by now. mine looks red like dried blood on it, is this normal and how long is healing.

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Dr. Raymond Gagliardi
27 years experience General Surgery
Hernia surgery: We occasionally will use a "skin glue" to put the skin layer back together. The muscle underneath is sewn. The incision can look a little red, as you mentioned, but if this is increasing or you have drainage or increasing tenderness, these may be signs of an impending infection. At one week after surgery, the incision will not look very good, and will look absolutely fine in several weeks.
Answered on May 15, 2015
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Dr. Randy Stevens
23 years experience General Surgery
Can be normal: The repair of the hernia may have been repaired with a mesh to relieve the tension. The skin sounds like it was closed with a stitch that is absorbable. The glue on top of the skin may have a small amount of blood and can be normal. If you have redness outside incision, excessive pain, fever, or drainage call your surgeon's office for a visit. Healing 1+ month.
Answered on Apr 15, 2013

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