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Is it common to get blisters after orif surgery?

Is it common to get blisters after orif surgery?

Swelling = blisters: After a fracture and subsequent orif (surgical fixation with hardware), swelling is present to varying degrees. The excess fluid in the area will find the pathway of least resistance which is often into the skin layer whereby a visible blistering forms. ...Read more

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Blistering (Definition)

A blister is a collection of fluid under the epidermis. A blistering rash is one in which ...Read more


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My hands have blistered and peeled after neck surgery is that ok or do I need to get a hold of my neuro surgeon and go back in sooner?

My hands have blistered and peeled after neck surgery is that ok or do I need to get a hold of my neuro surgeon and go back in sooner?

Unusual: This is unusual and could represent a medical disease, adverse medical reaction to antibiotics or other reaction. It is important to discuss with your care provider. ...Read more

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Is it normal have blister at site of robotic surgery?

Is it normal have blister at site of robotic surgery?

Blister: It can happen from time to time. The trocars (plastic or metal tubes that are inserted through your abdominal wall) can exert pressure on your skin and after a long operation, can cause a blister to form, but no often. ...Read more

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What can cause blisters following orthopedic surgery?

What can cause blisters following orthopedic surgery?

Blisters: Pressure, rubbing, pre existing soft tissue injury, fracture blisters, etc. ...Read more

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How do I treat these blisters following orthopedic surgery?

How do I treat these blisters following orthopedic surgery?

See below: What I believe you are describing are called fracture blisters. They are due to excessive swelling of the soft tissue/skin. These blisters are usually sterile and generally after five days the bed has healed up below. Progressively they will disrupt. You can use hibiclens a surgical washing detergent. Note they can be particularly a problem around surgical incision sites and lead to infection. I would check with your physician/surgeon about these. Good luck thank you. ...Read more

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I had back surgery 6 months ago, but I still have dark streaks and blisters on my back. Is this normal?

? blisters: How extensive of a surgery did you have? Did you have adhesive tape covering for an extended period of time? Have you had the chicken pox or shingles? Have you reported this to your surgeon? You should. ...Read more

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Soft painless blister in lower inner cheek for 5 weeks. I think it is mucocele. How to cure it other than surgery? It varies in size gets big/small

Soft painless blister in lower inner cheek for 5 weeks. I think it is mucocele. How to cure it other than surgery? It varies in size gets big/small

Cheek blister?: Why are you waiting so long to get this examined? And why are you self-diagnosing?
Any lesion in your mouth that has not healed within 7-10 days, and especially one that changes in shape and/or size, needs to be examined clinically and possibly biopsied.
See your dentist or an oral surgeon ASAP for a proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I had shoulder surgery and now I have blisters all over my arm and underneath it. What is the cause and how do I fix it?

I had shoulder surgery and now I have blisters all over my arm and underneath it. What is the cause and how do I fix it?

Depends: Blisters immed after surgery usually secondary to excessive tension on superficial layers of skin. This may be caused by swelling alone or surgical tape placed in excessive tension to secure bandage. If this seemed to develop later could be superficial skin infection or cellulitis especially if area seems to be expanding. If this is the case should be evaluated by your surgeon. ...Read more

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I had surgery yesterday and when I got home I had little bobble blister in the side of my lip?

I had surgery yesterday and when I got home I had little bobble blister in the side of my lip?

Sherlock Holmes: Would say HAH! I deduce that you must of had endotracheal ANESTHESIA!!!! (A tube was placed in your mouth, trachea etc to provide your oxygen) and it irritated your lip!
Am I correct??
HOPE this is helpful
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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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Is it normal to have a blister like thing with fluid in it 4 days after umbilical hernia surgery??

Is it normal to have a blister like thing with fluid in it 4 days after umbilical hernia surgery??

Healing process: Sometimes fluid can accumulate under the skin as the body heals from surgery. If it's not very painful or red, then it's probably not an emergency, but the surgeon should be notified. ...Read more

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I had shoulder surgery and when the bandages were removed there were some very bad burn blisters. Dr said it was from saline expanding my skin?

I had shoulder surgery and when the bandages were removed there were some very bad burn blisters. Dr said it was from saline expanding my skin?

Yes: The skin expansion causes a disruption which leads to blisters. They will heal- it does happen. Sorry you are having issues- good luck. ...Read more

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Hi I had my strabis mus surgery done last week it does not seem to be aligned yet and there is swelling and blister inside of eye I am worried?

Hi I had my strabis mus surgery done last week it does not seem to be aligned yet and there is swelling and blister inside of eye I am worried?

Wait!: Strabismus surgery can be hard on the eye! The swelling and also the positioning is quite tricky. There may also be adjustable sutures that your surgeon may adjust.
Sometimes it is impossible to fully align the two eyes!
good luck! ...Read more

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I had my strabimus surgery done not aligned yet and blister in eye too it has been 10 days now?

Strabismus surgery: It is too early to tell the final result from the surgery. Give it some time to heal and stabilize. ...Read more

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I have blisters on my inner white part of eye and they hurt. My nose under inner eye is numb. What could it be and would I need surgery?

I have blisters on my inner white part of eye and they hurt. My nose under inner eye is numb. What could it be and would I need surgery?

Episcleritis: Episcleritis is inflammation of the outer layers of the eyeball that can cause painful bumps- called nodular scleritis. It can be idiopathic or from viruses but usually resolves after a few weeks without surgery. Go to your eye md for an exam to be sure. ...Read more

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Hi just had med&lat bunionectomy of my left foot 3wks ago. After surgery there was no blister on my cast big now I have 2 big blister incision area?

Hi just had med&lat bunionectomy of my left foot 3wks ago. After surgery there was no blister on my cast big now I have 2 big blister incision area?

You need to: See your surgeon asap. I would recommend you call them today even though it is sunday- call the emergency number if you have to and tell them, the exact problem. ...Read more

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Had biopsy done, came back spongiotic dermatitis. Lesions on lower leg&foot, no itch only pain, no blisters. New at age 30, maybe tib plateau surgery cause?

Had biopsy done, came back spongiotic dermatitis. Lesions on lower leg&foot, no itch only pain, no blisters. New at age 30, maybe tib plateau surgery cause?

Why???: What did the Dr say???? Spongiotic dermatitis is a non-specific finding if a biopsy is done on acute eczema. Usually this is treated, not biopsied. Steroid cream is usually effective. ...Read more

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I am 5 weeks post sinus surgery, today I woke up with a swollen face and fever blisters on my lower lip. What could be causing this?

I am 5 weeks post sinus surgery, today I woke up with a swollen face and fever blisters on my lower lip. What could be causing this?

Trauma reaction: Herpetic blistering can often come about as a result of some trauma, nervous tension, sun or wind exposure etc... Sinus surgery certainly fits the bill as to trauma, hsv type 1 virus is known to live in the nerve trunks of the face, and now the surgery has acted as a trigger for one of a lifetime of breakouts of viral blistering (cold sores). ...Read more

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Had gallbladder surgery and now I have a rash/hives on my stomach one of my incisions I have small blisters and its really itchy what can I do?

Had gallbladder surgery and now I have a rash/hives on my stomach one of my incisions I have small blisters and its really itchy what can I do?

Contact doctor: From your description is seems that you have a skin allergy to some component of the dressing applied to the wound. It would be prudent to contact your doctor. ...Read more

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I just had surgery on my foot. 2 days later I developed fracture blisters and a strep infection. Are these related to the surgery?

I just had surgery on my foot. 2 days later I developed fracture blisters and a strep infection. Are these related to the surgery?

Not enough info: You said that you had fracture blisters. Did you have a fracture? Was it an open fracture? An infection can happen after any operation-that's a risk of surgery. ...Read more

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Paraplegia after accident-spinal surgery- month later DVT -clots removed with catheters behind knees, 3wks later, now feet are hard with blisters?

Paraplegia after accident-spinal surgery- month later DVT -clots removed with catheters behind knees, 3wks later, now feet are hard with blisters?

Immediate eval: 59 yo lady with paraplegia DVT history now with swollen feet and blisters. With your history of trauma, stasis of immobility, and DVT you need immediate evaluation measurement of compartment pressures and duplex doppler examination of the veins in your lower extremities. Compression stockings and sequential compression devices. See MD ASAP please and good luck. ...Read more

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I keep getting a blood blister on my stomach at the site of a lap. Surgery several years ago. Concerned?

I keep getting a blood blister on my stomach at the site of a lap. Surgery several years ago. Concerned?

No: This is likely not a blister, but more commonly is a reaction to suture material that is directly under the skin that the body is trying to extrude. You should see your surgeon and have him/her examine the area. If it is a stitch, then it can usually be removed in the office under local anesthesia. ...Read more

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I had surgery on lip they removed a blister on the top part of my lower lip using a laser. It is swollen really big. How long will the swelling last?

I had surgery on lip they removed a blister on the top part of my lower lip using a laser. It is swollen really big. How long will the swelling last?

Swollen lip: Only for a few days. Put ice on the area. This will help greatly. It will also soothe the pain good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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Should I still be short of breath 6 days after lung collapse and removal of bleb surgery? Total lung inflate was on 5th day.

Should I still be short of breath 6 days after lung collapse and removal of bleb surgery? Total lung inflate was on 5th day.

Follow up with MD: While it is possible that the shortness of breath is due to pain from the surgery, it is also possible that this represents re-collapse of the lung from an air leak, or fluid that has accumulated in the chest after surgery. In either case, you should contact your surgeon's office to be seen and to get another chest xr to look at the lung. ...Read more

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About 7 months ago I had a collapsed left lung with chest tube and surgery. Burst bleb. Every time I cough or sneeze I feel pain in left lung. Why?

About 7 months ago I had a collapsed left lung with chest tube and surgery. Burst bleb. Every time I cough or sneeze I feel pain in left lung. Why?

Adhesions: Scar tissue. The lung gets stuck against the rib cage and the ribs are not fully healed yet, either. You need a good session with the DR who treated your pneumothorax. Coughing much? Coughing blood? Short of breath? Rapid heart? Etc. ...Read more

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I am having shoulder replacement surgery but have burst water blister on breast should I be worried about infection? It looks ok.

I am having shoulder replacement surgery but have burst water blister on breast should I be worried about infection? It looks ok.

Tell your surgeon: Before any surgery, you want to make sure to tell your surgeon if there are any changes to your medical condition, particularly something like this. Your surgeon can then decide if your blister has healed enough to be a non-issue or if it may make more sense to postpone the surgery. ...Read more

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How long does clindamycin given during surgery stay in the system I had a reaction to it blistered rash and want to know how to minimize the reaction benedryl does not help?

How long does clindamycin given during surgery stay in the system I had a reaction to it blistered rash and want to know how to minimize the reaction benedryl does not help?

Only hours: Clindamycin is only around for a few hours. It should be completely gone by 24 to 36 hours. Reactions are commonly caused by histamine. Any antihistamine such as tagamet or Zantac (ranitidine) may provide some relief as well. You should make sure your doctor knows about your issues in case you need something stronger like steroids. ...Read more