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Incision And Drain
Hi docs, can you tell me if surgical incisions to drain a staph infection and intravenous vancomycin are the most effective treatments?
Would it be less expensive to see a dermatologist for an abscess incision and draining than a general surgeon?
Varies : Call and get quotes over the phone ...Read more
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
3 weeks after total thyroidectomy there is a small hole in the middle of the incision, nothing is draining, is this normal?
Can be normal: This can be a normal thing, but best to check with your surgeon. ...Read more
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?
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?
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
Radical orchadectomy.Went septic, second incision on scrotum to drain infected puss.Wound healed but pink bit protruding and oozing a little. Advice?
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?
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
I've recently had an arthroscopy, no.Work was needed, just drained. But one incision hasn't healed.. What's wrong?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A friend of mine had a tubal incision 2 weeks ago now it is draining a yellow pink fluid is that normal.. what should she do?
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
I had an abscess in my armpit that was lanced and drained four days ago, and I just noticed a hard lump thats bigger than the original abscess slightly above the incision site, it's hard and painful when touched, is this normal?
I have had a surgical incision that has been healed for 20 years - drains, uncomfortable 1x yr. Upper thigh near groin-heals on own.Completely closes?
See a doctor: And have it checked out when it flairs up. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
An abscess develops after a femoral artery embolectomy. Incision and drainage is done. How long should it drain before debridement?
I had stereotactic breast biopsy which formed hematoma which drained through incision for past month. Just stopped. Should I do anything to help heal?
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
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?
I have an incision from surgery years ago that blisters and drains lymph fluid. I had surgery to remove lymphatic tumors. What type of doctor is best?
'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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
~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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Thanks for asking!: Most of the healing will occur within the first 10-14 days with complete healing generally 3-4 weeks. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Incision: It usually takes 2-3 weeks for incisions to heal. Even then they still will be tender and weaker than skin that has not been cut. Be patient and follow the instructions of your surgeon. ...Read more