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Post Surgery Infection
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
Whipple type: Pancreatectomy, or radical pancreatico-duodenectomy) is an extensive operation. Besides infection, hemorrhage, and possible injury to adjacent organs (there are many organs and vital structures adjacent to duodenum and pancreas), some complications include pancreatic fistula, intestinal obstruction, liver failure, diabetes, malabsorption, progression of malignancy, and even perioperative death. ...Read more
Acdf: Every surgeon has a different Postop protocol. I usually allow my patients to do all normal gentle activity immediately after surgery. I restrict any heavy bending lifting or twisting for six weeks though. Most patients are off of the narcotic pain medication by about two weeks after surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fluid Collection: It is normal and expected for tissue fluid to seep into any open space that follows an operation--we call these fluid collections seromas. In time, the fluid is absorbed and replaced by scar tissue. Rarely, this fluid persists, requiring aspiration, or becomes infected, requiring drainage. Bottom line: 99% of the time, no worries. ...Read more
Many: Most common initially is difficulty swallowing. This is normal and goes away w time. Long term, most pts can not burp, vomit, and have lots if gas/gurgling. This may get better over time (yrs). Don't let this dissuade u from surgery however. Most pts are extremely happy and have great quality of life. Worse the symptoms, better pts feel. ...Read more
3 1/2 weeks post op hysterectomy (Davinci robotic) surgical wound infection, extreme pain surgeon called in antibiotic, nauseos and weak go to ER?
It's still early: In the post operative period to make changes to your current regimen. Continue pain medications and level of activity suggested by your spine surgeon. ...Read more
Post op care of decompression surgery of lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. I have this surgery wednesday, can you tell me the post op care please?
Call your surgeon: Call your surgeon today if you have a question. Even if its not during normal work hours, someone will be covering. In general, wounds should be kept dry until they are not oozing fluid, then it is ok to shower - usually 24-48 hours. Activity as tolerated. Obviously it depends on the incision location regarding any special instructions. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Need2Find Cause: Postop fevers may be caused by many different problems; our main concern is if this indicates an underlying infection. Identifying the cause requires a careful exam supplemented by lab and radiology tests. The timing of the fever helps us narrow down the cause, which can include superficial wound infections, deep (sternal) infections, & pneumonia. ...Read more
Not normal: Four days after surgery, you should be improving, not getting worse. You should talk with your surgeon urgently. ...Read more
I need help to continue pain management due to continuing post op pain after C6 C7 disc surgery and absess removal due to MRSA infection. ?
Evaluation: Oral or IV antibiotics are indicated and you need an evaluation by your physician and surgeon. ...Read more
Get w/the Guidelines: Surgical infections have more to do with what i can do as a surgeon rather than anything my patients do. There are well-established guidelines that, when followed, can lower infection rates. These include using antibiotics within 1hr. Prior to surgery, appropriate skin cleansing, short operative times, and getting anything "foreign" (catheters, tubes, ivs, etc.) out as soon as possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Properly treated with antibiotics, surgery is not necessarily indicated for diverticulitis. If you have already had 3 or more episodes of severe diverticulitis treated with antibiotics or developing colon blockage, then surgery is more likely indicated to prevent complications of severe infection. ...Read more
Pubmed: Go to pubmed.Gov and search for a review article on your operation. These articles will generally have percentages of complications. Further, your surgeon should be able to tell you the possible complications and their chances of occurring. ...Read more
Have gum infection after cleaning. Still fighting it for a month and after surgery they said i needed to fix it. ?
Can cryo surgery (they see some infection so suggested crysurgery before the frozen et) and FET happen in same cycle?
Unclear question: I think you are asking if cryosurgery could affect the success of ivf. There is no clear data on that but the answer is probably. Generally it is more typical to handle a medical problem first and then try ivf. Since you already did it just wait and take a pregnancy test at the appropriate time. Good luck. ...Read more
How often does the wound or surgical site should be evaluated by for infection and/or if the wound is properly healing after the surgery?
Depends: Depends on the judgement of the caring physician. High risk wounds may get checked daily and low risk wounds may go a month. Generally if a wound is going to get infected it will usually happen within the first nine days or so. After that the risk goes down dramatically. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
The path of tears is blocked which is causing infection.Should she under go surgery or depend on medication?
Surgery is likely to: Provide better results, provided it is done by a surgeon skilled in this type of operations. ...Read more
Is there less risk of infections after surgery when they use scopes vs. cutting you open? Or is there a risk no matter what?
Maybe: It depends on the type of surgery and type of anesthesia, to answer your question. By definition, labyrinthitis is an inflammation (swelling) of the labyrinth (inner ear). As such, labyrinthitis causes hearing loss (typically in one ear) and dizziness. If you are having dizziness without hearing loss, then you do not have labyrinthitis. ...Read more
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