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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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