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

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

Surgical wound: There are several things to look for: redness, pain, drainage, change in drainage, swelling, odor, fever, chills, shaking (known as rigors). If you have any questions then I would recommend seeing the surgeon as soon as you can. ...Read more

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Do you think I should clean infected surgical wound?

Do you think I should clean infected surgical wound?

Only: With specific instructions directly from your surgeon. You also need to be seen right away to see if you should be on antibiotics. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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My surgical wound might be infected but not so sure. Some exudate, but it dries up. Should I use mupirocin? Can it cause problems if not infected?

My surgical wound might be infected but not so sure. Some exudate, but it dries up. Should I use mupirocin? Can it cause problems if not infected?

Best: Is not to guess and see your srgein ASAP. Local ointments would not be harmful, but also would not be effective if you do have a true surgical site wound infection. See your surgeon. ...Read more

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Please tell me what sort of infection could be on the skin, say an infected surgical wound, that could transmit to cause a blood infection?

Please tell me what sort of infection could be on the skin, say an infected surgical wound, that could transmit to cause a blood infection?

Possibly: A mild surgical wound which is superficial is usually handled with warm soaks and dressing until healed. When the extent of infection especially with a major abodominal incision becomes infected such as with MRSA antibiotics must be used or the infection can enter the blood stream as defined by elevated WBC and temp. ...Read more

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Can HPV infect the interstitial cells of the testicle or internal epithelium? I have papillomas around my surgical wound from an orchiectomy.

Can HPV infect the interstitial cells of the testicle or internal epithelium? I have papillomas around my surgical wound from an orchiectomy.

Probably not: To my knowledge, HPV isn't known to cause infections of these cells or tissues. Were warts (papillomas) confirmed by your doctor, or your self diagnosis? Things other than warts seem more likely to cause growths on or near a surgical wound, especially keloids, a kind of hypertrophic scar tissue, most common in dark-skinned persons. I doubt you need be concerned, but discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to get rid of pus in a surgical wound?

Is there a good way to get rid of pus in a surgical wound?

Yes: The general treatment is to open a portion or the entire wound at the skin level. Down to the level where the pus is accumulating. Any dead tissue needs to be removed (debridement). It is critical that all of the pus be removed (drained). Wounds may be irrigated (washed out with various solutions) and dressing changes may be necessary. Antibiotic dressings, oral/IV antibiotics may be used. ...Read more

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How do I stop a surgical wound weeping?

How do I stop a surgical wound weeping?

Talk to your surgeon: There are many reasons for a surgical wound to continue to weep or drain fluid. First- is the wound closed completely (primarily) or was it intentionally left open? If left open- drainage at be normal. If it was closed together after surgery- continual drainage is abnormal. This is possibly an infection. Discuss the situation with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Post surgical wound. What is the pink skin indicate?

Post surgical wound. What is the pink skin indicate?

Normal new skin grow: Healing new skin growth appears pink at the surgical incision & edges. ...Read more

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What is the chance of getting e coli in a surgical wound?

What is the chance of getting e coli in a surgical wound?

Depends upon the...: Kind of surgery and whether it involves the gastrointestinal tract where e. Coli hangs out. Most wound infections are due to the skin flora especially staphylococcus even ones done on the colon but e. Coli can cause surgical wound infections, especially when involving the colon and more likely deep rather than superficial infection. ...Read more

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I had a post surgical wound, . What could this pink skin be?

I had a post surgical wound, . What could this pink skin be?

Could be scar: Surgical wounds change the skin and the pink can be scar tissue. See your surgeon if you are painful or swollen along with the pink or red color. ...Read more

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How many days surgical wound gets healed and the staples can come out?

How many days surgical wound gets healed and the staples can come out?

Surgeon-Preference: Incision healing is dependent on scar type and location, as well as patient-specific factors. Therefore, the true "expert" to answer this is your surgeon. In general, most can be removed within 5-14 days. It is best to remove them as early as possible to minimize the "railroad tracking" scars. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have post-surgical wound leakage 8 days after surgery?

Not usually: While this is not normal, it often depends upon the type of operation, location, as well as the quality and quantity of the drainage. ...Read more

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What is the unusal Swelling around the surgical wound 5 day after sistruk procedure?

What is the unusal Swelling around the surgical wound 5 day after sistruk procedure?

Possible wound prob: You should check with your surgeon to make sure there is no wound infection. It may be normal post operative swelling and inflammation, ...Read more

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For a surgical wound, can I put triple a or hydrogel?

For a surgical wound, can I put triple a or hydrogel?

Surgeon's preference: If it is clean wound, some surgeons prefer that air get to the wound, to keep it from being too moist, and allowing overgrowth of bacteria. Other surgeons don't mind, as long as it's a thin layer, like lipstick. Others say, "no way." so you should check with your surgeon. Dirty, contaminated wounds can benefit from twice daily soaking and a very thin layer of antibiotic ointment; hydrogel-no. ...Read more

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Please explain what it means when a surgical wound has tracking?

Please explain what it means when a surgical wound has tracking?

Connections: It may be connected to another adjacent area inside or around the wound. ...Read more

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How often do surgical incisions post laminectomy get infected.

How often do surgical incisions post laminectomy get infected.

Lumbar Infections: Lumbar wounds should have a 1-2% infection rate. If obesity is present, that figure could increase by another 2-3%. ...Read more

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Can I apply antiseptic spray to a stitched surgical wound?

Can I apply antiseptic spray to a stitched surgical wound?

If you want: There is no need in a clean uninfected wound, but if it is an infected wound then your doctor will tell you how to manage, simple antiseptic is not enough may need additional intervention like drainage, debridement and appropriate antibiotics etc. Speak to your doctor ...Read more

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What would be the appropriate therapy for a surgical wound infection?

What would be the appropriate therapy for a surgical wound infection?

Proper evaluation: The appropriate treatment will depend on what the wound needs. Sometimes partial opening is necessary with clean out and good wound care, while other times antibiotics alone can do it. You must get a proper evaluation from your surgeons office to determine what is needed. ...Read more

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What are some ways to clean surgical wound?

What are some ways to clean surgical wound?

Consult your sugeon: 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. Consult with your physician for a plan of care. ...Read more

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Are there signs to tell the age of a surgical wound?

Are there signs to tell the age of a surgical wound?

Yes: A recent surgical wound has a linear scab, there may be firm tissue like rope beneath the skin, there may be sutures or staples present obviously. As the wound heals the scab disappears but the rope like tissue persists for months. The wound isn't completely healed for a year or so, and then it becomes a thin white or sometimes red line. ...Read more

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What happens with over granulation of surgical wound?

What happens with over granulation of surgical wound?

Nothing serious: Over granulation generally refers to over healing or too much scar tissue formation on the outside of the wound. This can usually be taken care of in the office with application of silver nitrate to the wound to stop the excess healing. ...Read more

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What is the best method to heal an open surgical wound?

What is the best method to heal an open surgical wound?

It depends: Acute? Chronic? Infection? Diabetic? Location of wound? Your bmi/nutritional status? Many factors figure into wound healing. You need to work closely with your doctors for optimal outcome. Try a wound clinic if one is available to you. ...Read more

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How long until a surgical wound usually stops weeping?

Varies: It usually depends on the size of the wound. Larger wounds will take more time to heal. Also, everybody heals at different rates. Younger healthy people tend to heal faster than older weaker people. As long as the weeping is just clear fluid. If it is thick and pustular and the wound looks red, it may be infected and will not stop weeping until treated. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about post surgical wound bled a little bit 5 days after surgery?

Probably ok: Occasionally a small amount of blood may be seen on a surgical wound a few days after surgery. Usually this is of no concern unless there is a large separation of the wound. See you surgeon to rule out a wound infection though. ...Read more

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What is the very best way to clean and dress a post surgical wound and what products to use?

Surgical Wound: There are many ways to dress a surgical wound. Each surgeon has their own preferrence. I would contact your surgeon to see what he or she recommends. ...Read more