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Hi docs, can you tell me if surgical incisions to drain a staph infection and intravenous vancomycin are the most effective treatments?

Hi docs, can you tell me if surgical incisions to drain a staph infection and intravenous vancomycin are the most effective treatments?

MRSA?: Vancomycin will kill staph but it is regularly used for methicillin resistant staph. MRSA will not die with regular penicillin or Keflex so drainage and special antibiotics are used. Vanco should do just fine if not they may need to use zyvox (linezolid) a newer mrsa drug ...Read more

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An incision is an opening made in the skin or mucosal surface. It is usually performed to allow entry into a body cavity in order to ...Read more


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Are surgical incisions to drain a staph infection and intravenous vancomycin considered proper treatment?

Are surgical incisions to drain a staph infection and intravenous vancomycin considered proper treatment?

Yes: It depends on the size and other symptoms, but this treatment is often standard and necessary. ...Read more

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Surgery years ago has an incision draining lymph fluid like a faucet dripping. Leg fills with fluid and incision blisters and pop for the fluid to drain. Starting to be painful blisters. Who do I see?

Surgery years ago has an incision draining lymph fluid like a faucet dripping. Leg fills with fluid and incision blisters and pop for the fluid to drain. Starting to be painful blisters. Who do I see?

See primary doctor.: Please go and see your primary doctor as soon as possible. After evaluating you he will decide about which specialist to send you for proper treatment. he might send you do either dermatologist or general surgeon for more treatment. ...Read more

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Had a hernia repair 8 mo ago, the incision just opened and drained grey/brown stuff out. What would cause it just to reopen out of the blue?

Had a hernia repair 8 mo ago, the incision just  opened and drained grey/brown stuff out. What would cause it just to reopen out of the blue?

Unsusual: Need to see your surgeon for an evaluation. Drainage 8 months after surgery would be unusual. An old hematoma may have drained. Was mesh used? Need to rule out a deep infection or mesh infection. Intestinal fistula would be rare. ...Read more

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Hernia op 3 weeks ago, direct inguinal, still leaking serum. Incision kept open to drain. Doctor says getting better but still leaking. Why? How long?

Hernia op 3 weeks ago, direct inguinal, still leaking serum. Incision kept open to drain. Doctor says getting better but still leaking. Why? How long?

Soon: This should stop leaking soon. If it is still going on for another 3 weeks or so, you may need to go back to the operating room to place a drain and try to use the wound. It could also require removal of the mesh if one was used. Hang in there for now, it should stop soon. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have a young groin abcess and it has popped itself and has drained pus the past few days, would I need incision still or would it drain itself out?

Not certain: An abscess can be loculated - which means it can have different compartments within it. If you pop an abscess - you may or may not have opened up all areas of loculation. That is why surgical incision and drainage is usually required. Please consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I tell if MRSA is gone? It's not sore, but it is quite red around drain incision and pulses off and on (not painful) can't tell if it's warm

Question unclear: You may not be able to tell if the organism is "gone". You may have to wait until the area has healed up to know if the infection has resolved. It is not clear whether the treatment was just incision and drainage or involved antibiotics. This is a complex subject and need more information to answer your question accurately. ...Read more

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Recently was given antibiotics for an infected sebaceous cyst, and an incision was made to drain it. That was two weeks ago, and there is still pus?

Recently was given antibiotics for an infected sebaceous cyst, and an incision was made to drain it. That was two weeks ago, and there is still pus?

Cyst: Clean with 3% peroxide 2-3 times a day. Get bactroban antibiotic ointment, apply twice a day. Apply hot moss compresses. let calm down for three months and get excised. ...Read more

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There is fluid draining from my surgical incision, is this normal?

There is fluid draining from my surgical incision, is this normal?

Draining incision: There are times that drainage is expected and even encouraged. So is this normal? It may be normal for the condition you have but healed without infection and not draining is better. ...Read more

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Is it normal to drain or weep the incision site after laser vein surgery?

Is it normal to drain or weep the incision site after laser vein surgery?

Yes, if immediate: It is normal to weep a small amount or watery fluid or slight blood-tinged watery fluid IMMEDIATELY after laser vein surgery (within the first couple of hours). This is the result of the tumescent anesthesia leaking through the laser puncture site in the skin or from the puncture sites made for injecting the numbing fluid (the Xylocaine (lidocaine) / Novacaine fluid used to numb the area leaking out). ...Read more

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My friend had a tubal incision 2 weeks ago and now has a yellowish pink liquid draining from her bellybutton what does that mean?

My friend had a tubal incision 2 weeks ago and now has a yellowish pink liquid draining from her bellybutton what does that mean?

Seroma: This could well be nothing more tan a seroma, a collection of serum or tissue fluid, that can collect in an incision and drain. This can be caused by a reaction to suture or just due to surgery. If the area gets red and feels warm then you need to worry about infection. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I had a reversal colostomy in june 2013. My incision opened and has not closed and still draining. Belly large & have hernia. Md not concerned.

I had a reversal colostomy in june 2013.  My incision opened and has not closed and still draining. Belly large & have hernia. Md not concerned.

Second opinion: Sounds like you should have a consultation with a general or plastic surgeon with experience in abdominal wall reconstruction for complex incisional hernias. You can check the americas hernia society website to find surgeons interested in hernia repair. ...Read more

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An abscess develops after a femoral artery embolectomy. Incision and drainage is done. How long should it drain before debridement?

An abscess develops after a femoral artery embolectomy. Incision and drainage is done. How long should it drain before debridement?

Already occurring: If a drainage procedure was done the wound should have been left partially open. The dressing changes will do the debridement. Make sure to change daily. Follow-up with surgeon who did drainage procedure. ...Read more

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I had stereotactic breast biopsy which formed hematoma which drained through incision for past month. Just stopped. Should I do anything to help heal?

I had stereotactic breast biopsy which formed hematoma which drained through incision for past month. Just stopped. Should I do anything to help heal?

Bleeding disorder?: Have you ever had bleeding problems before? That seems like a very very long time to have bleeding from a biopsy. Speak with your doctor and see if you need further testing such as a platelet count. ...Read more

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4/22/15 revision of MOM hip. 5/6/15 incised drain pustule 6" from incision, Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate). 5/12 dislocation. 5/18 told it was MRSA, bactrum. Is this OK?

Mrsa skin infection: Looks like mom has MRSA skin infection which requires contact isolation and oral/iv antibiotic depends on culture report. The patient needs to be on contact isolation/private room until infection is cleared and need to apply bactroban (mupirocin) ointment daily on both nares for mrsa eradication. Mrsa infection could be deadly, so always remember frequent hand wash. ...Read more

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Had carpal tunnel surgery 4 days ago. Still hurts pretty good. And now looks like the incision is splitting and it's still draining. Is this normal?

Had carpal tunnel surgery 4 days ago. Still hurts pretty good. And now looks like the incision is splitting and it's still draining. Is this normal?

Elevation: it sounds like you may be doing too much with your hand. Keep it elevated to your heart level, and exrcise fingers gently, but do not strain. If the incision is opening, it may be swollen because of keeping hand too low. You should call your surgeon. ...Read more

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What is incision biopsy?

'to cut' biopsy: 'incisional biopsy' literally means to 'cut out some tissue' to get a good sample of a particular lesion (usually skin but can be any biopsy). An excisional biopsy is similiar but this refers to removing the whole lesion with normal tissue around it (as in a small dark mole removed). Biopsies are sent to a pathologist who 'reads' the slides under a microscope looking for abnormal cells/diseases. ...Read more

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What does an infected incision look like?

Red, Hot, Tender: An infected incision will look very red and blanch to the touch. It will also be very warm and tender to the touch. There will be more swelling than normal. There may or may not be pus or foul smelling drainage coming from the wound. If your wound has any of these characteristics you should contact your physician. ...Read more

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How long to find out about incision biopsy?

How long to find out about incision biopsy?

~48hrs: Most basic pathology results from a biopsy should be available in ~48hrs. The tissue needs to fix in formalin for a particular amount of time (6hrs-overnight) then be processed, slides made and stained, then interpreted. Each of these steps takes time. Additional staining or deeper cuts for furthe evaluation/markers may add another day before the full results are back. ...Read more

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What are examples of incisions for c sections?

What are examples of incisions for c sections?

Pfannenstiel/Kerr.: The most common type of skin incision for a cesarean section is called pfannenstiel - aka bikini cut. The most common type of uterine incision for a cesarean section is called kerr (lower uterine transverse). More unusual skin incisions include the midline vertical and the right paramedian vertical. Less usual uterine incisions include the kroenig (lower uterine vertical) and classical cesareans. ...Read more

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What does granulation me with respect to an incision?

Normal growth: Granulation or granulation tissue is a lumpy bumpy and healthy pink appearing surface of repairing tissue. This is the appearance of normal tissue as it regrows. ...Read more

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How long for incision to heal from testicular removal?

Thanks for asking!: Most of the healing will occur within the first 10-14 days with complete healing generally 3-4 weeks. ...Read more

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Gallbladder incisions when can I take the bandages off?

Ask your surgeon: You would have been given postoperative instructions after surgery. Depends on what bandages were used. Do not get gauze bandages wet. Some surgical tapes or glue are meant to stay on a week. Ask your surgeon what to do for your specific situation. ...Read more

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After surgery is the incision wound suppose to be hard?

Maybe: Because inflammation due to the trauma of surgery can cause fluid collection and "induration" which is a hard feel to the tissue. ...Read more

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Can I use baneocine cream on incisions to make it heal?

Can I use baneocine cream on incisions to make it heal?

Antibiotic cream: Baneocin cream contains two antibiotics. If an incision is on an exposed area of skin, it can prevent bacteria from contaminating the incision. This will allow the incision to heal more readily. ...Read more

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Are surgical incisions supposed to be hard after surgery?

Scar ridge: Depending on the size and location of the incision a scar ridge forms as a normal part of the healing process. The scar can feel hard and the ridge can last up to a year. However, best to check with your surgeon, as there can be other causes/problems, like infection. ...Read more

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Why would my incision still hurt 5 months out from a tah?

Why would my incision still hurt 5 months out from a tah?

See the surgeon: Hi, pain at the abdominal incision site after the site has healed could be from various causes. The most common would be the formation of an incisional hernia( is there any bulging at the site) or entrapment of a nerve by the healing process at the site of the incision. Please see the surgeon who performed the operation. ...Read more

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Precisely where are the incisions made in a midface lift ?

Precisely where are the incisions made in a midface lift ?

Well hidden: Usually in the ear crease (on the front side of the ear), around the earlobe, up the crease in back of the ear and then down the hairline. In the majority of patients this is a very inconspicuous scar. ...Read more

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How to get your incision to stop itching??? 12 days postop

Any med?: Many people use antibiotics on wounds. Bacitracin, neosporin, triple antibiotic are common. NONE OF THESE PREVENTS OR TREATS INFECTION. They are common sensitizers, causing itchy allergic reactions. People sometimes are allergic to adhesive tape. Where is the incision? How large? Why? Stitches? See the Dr who gave you the incision. ...Read more