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How Will I Know If My Surgical Wound Is Getting Infected
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
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
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?
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
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
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
3.5 yr old with post intucception surgical wound infection belly button last month. Is complaining again of pain. Unlikely to get a second infection?
Yes it can.: Until the point of complete closure, a wound is able to be infected multiple times, not just once. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Connections: It may be connected to another adjacent area inside or around the wound. ...Read more
Call the surgeon: Post op infections must be dealt with. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
This needs to: Be evaluated by your surgeon.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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