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How would you treat a staph infection post surgery not at the incision site but internal?

How would you treat a staph infection post surgery not at the incision site but internal?

Evaluation: Oral or IV antibiotics are indicated and you need an evaluation by your physician and surgeon. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Infection (Definition)

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


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How can you prevent infection after surgery?

How can you prevent infection after surgery?

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 more

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Is it possible for a gum infection to require surgery?

Is it possible for a gum infection to require surgery?

Yes: If the gums are necrotic or the gum disease is very prevelant you may need surgery to help improve the situation it is called as periodontal surgery and it's like plastic surgery for the gums. ...Read more

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What to look for after twisted ovarion surgery. Infection?

What to look for after twisted ovarion surgery. Infection?

Fever & pain: If your temperature rises off antibiotics and there is pelvic pain then see a md. ...Read more

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How will you know that you have infection after an ovarian surgery?

How will you know that you have infection after an ovarian surgery?

Postop infection: This can take many forms. If wound infection there may be disruption of the surgical incision with drainage. If within the body, pain, swelling, fever, malaise may all occur and more. ...Read more

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How long does it take for signs of wound infection to appear after surgery?

How long does it take for signs of wound infection to appear after surgery?

Variable: An post-operative wound infection can manifest anytime within 24 hours to even weeks later if a foreign body such as un-dissolved suture material remains. ...Read more

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Could you catch an infection on the incision area of surgery from your pet dogs?

Not likely: First of all, the incision of the surgery is (hopefully) not infected, and second of all, animals and humans largely do not share pathogens; so there are very few infections that animals get that can spread to humans. ...Read more

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What can happed if I don't get surgery for a repeated infection of diverterticulitis?

What can happed if I don't get surgery for a repeated infection of diverterticulitis?

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

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If I need an invasive surgery, how can I find the odds of side effect, infection, death?

If I need an invasive surgery, how can I find the odds of side effect, infection, death?

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

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Heavy, had infection in skin after surgery. How long does it take to heal if left it open?

Heavy, had infection in skin after surgery. How long does it take to heal if left it open?

Varies: Dpends on depth and size of wound. It can require 1 to several weeks to close. Follow instructions re cleaning wound amd watch for signs of infection - heat, swelling, change in discharge. Follow up with doctor to monitor progress of wound. ...Read more

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Have gum infection after cleaning. Still fighting it for a month and after surgery they said I needed to fix it.?

Have gum infection after cleaning. Still fighting it for a month and after surgery they said I needed to fix it.?

See your dds: You may have pockets, food impaction, , wisdom tooth problem, various items can be wrong, see you r dentist, get an x-ray and treatment. ...Read more

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Can cryo surgery (they see some infection so suggested crysurgery before the frozen et) and FET happen in same cycle?

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

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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 more

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How common are infections after surgery?

More info: Infection rates can vary. Did you have a specific type of surgery in mind? ...Read more

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The path of tears is blocked which is causing infection. Should she under go surgery or depend on medication?

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

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Is there less risk of infections after surgery when they use scopes vs. Cutting you open? Or is there a risk no matter what?

Is there less risk of infections after surgery when they use scopes vs. Cutting you open? Or is there a risk no matter what?

To Which surgery: Are your referring? There is risk of infection whether it is open surgery or a scope is used. Let us know the procedure & we can look for stats. ...Read more

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Bacteria infection in your back after surgery?

Bacteria infection in your back after surgery?

It can happen...: You will be put on some antibiotics to fight the infection and you should be fine. ...Read more

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Can labyrinthitis come from; infection from the surgery over a week back?

Can labyrinthitis come from; infection from the surgery over a week back?

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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Is pilonidal cysts surgery risky? Can I do it after calming the infection by drugs?

Is pilonidal cysts surgery risky? Can I do it after calming the infection by drugs?

Not risky: It is a safe surgery usually.
Occasionally if the cyst has a tract inside, it may have to be surgically explored.
Do consult with a surgeon regarding this.
Antibiotics do help treat the infection, but not eliminate the recurrence of infection. ...Read more

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Hi, I m suffering from sinus tract infection from one year nd I don't want a surgery. ..

Hi, I m suffering from sinus tract infection from one year nd I don't want a surgery. ..

Ent: Talk to your ENT physician and explain that you do not want surgery and want to try conservative options first. If you really need surgery your doctor will find arguments which can be convincing. Get 2 nd opinion to be comfortable. ...Read more

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Should I have bsck fusion surgery if I have stuffy sinuses but with no visible infection?

Should I have bsck fusion surgery if I have stuffy sinuses but with no visible infection?

Yes: You may have surgery if there is no infection and your surgeon agrees. Please let your doctor know ...Read more

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My husband just had surgery to remove infection behind his cornea. How long does it take to heal?

My husband just had surgery to remove infection behind his cornea. How long does it take to heal?

Varies.: Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health, but
1) an area that has neither great blood flow, nor air circulation, nor great skin surfaces.
it is a closed space without many resources for healing.
2) can produce scarring that hurts vision.

Takes a long time and needs watching carefully. (weeks to up to more than 3 months.) ...Read more

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I had an infection after laparoscopic surgery. It was treated and went away but it has returned. Could this cause fUrther problems?

I had an infection after laparoscopic surgery. It was treated and went away but it has returned. Could this cause fUrther problems?

Depends: If this was a skin only infection it will probably not cause any more problems. If the deep tissue (fascia) was infected it's possible you could end up with a hernia down the line. If the infection was in the abdomen, abdominal adhesions and small bowel obstruction are a risk, but not guaranteed problem. ...Read more

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What would happen if I got and oral infection 3 days after and oral surgery. And what are the dangers of an infection at that location.

What would happen if I got and oral infection 3 days after and oral surgery. And what are the dangers of an infection at that location.

Dry socket?: Pain three days after oral surgery sounds like a dry socket rather than an infection. See your surgeon to enable him to examine you and determine if you need treatment for either. ...Read more

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What is the surgery for replacing skin on the chin? Not augmentation but replacing badly scarred skin on the chin due to previous infection

What is the surgery for replacing skin on the chin? Not augmentation but replacing badly scarred skin on the chin due to previous infection

Discuss options: I believe that you should find a surgeon who is board certified in plastic surgery to discuss your concerns. There are options for scar revision, skin grafting, laser resurfacing or other procedures that may be able to help repair the scarred skin. ...Read more

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Do you advise dental surgery with a sinues infection?

Do you advise dental surgery with a sinues infection?

Possibly: If you have an upper tooth with an infection that could be a contributing factor in sinus infection so dental surgery could be indicated. ...Read more

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How can I handle a wound infection after back surgery?

Get help ASAP: Start with the surgeon for help on this or seek out a wound care specialist. ...Read more

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How do you avoid getting infections during orthopedic surgery?

How do you avoid getting infections during orthopedic surgery?

Skin prep&antibiotic: The body has many effective barriers to infection, but orthopaedic surgery can lead to infection. We clean the skin with antiseptic solution which kills bacterial and prevents bacterial growth. Some cases require IV antibiotics pre- operative. It's important to keep the incisions covered for a few day and then clean them regularly when uncoved. ...Read more

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What are some signs of infection after periodontal disease surgery?

What are some signs of infection after periodontal disease surgery?

Several things: Swelling, pain, pus, and redness are the most obvious signs. If you have those signs, contact your dentist who did the surgery. ...Read more

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How bad does my sinus infection have to be before I can have surgery?

How bad does my sinus infection have to be before I can have surgery?

Lifestyle: Indications for surgery: 1) chronic infection (>3 months not responding to maximal medical therapy); 2) recurrent sinusitis (3-4 infections per year - not responding to medical therapy. Surgey may also be indicated if you are having complications related to a sinus infection. 1&2 are relative indications... If two or three infections really wipe you out... Surgery may be indicated as well. ...Read more

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I might be having another tonsil infection after a week will I need surgery?

Depends: Tonsillectomy is adviced for recurrent infections rough guide is 3 or more in a year or if tonsils are very large and might be contributory to Obstructive Sleep Apnea. See your PCP to see if you need ENT consultation. Thanks. ...Read more

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I am afraid of getting an infection after having surgery on my upper thigh with tissue expanders placed. What should I do?

I am afraid of getting an infection after having surgery on my upper thigh with tissue expanders placed. What should I do?

No greater infx risk: I don't believe using tissue expanders during surgery confers any greater risk of infection than the surgery itself. They're used so that doctors can get a greater field of view at the incision site and have more room to work. Before the procedure, you're given a prophylactic dose of antibiotics to minimize infection risk. ...Read more

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I have yellowish-white drainage if I squeeze an incision that has healed over, surgery was in February, is this an infection?

I have yellowish-white drainage if I squeeze an incision that has healed over, surgery was in February, is this an infection?

Have it checked: Yellow-white drainage sounds like pus, so you should certainly have a doctor check the incision site to see if there is a pocket of infection there. It may need to be re-opened to drain it, or you may need pill antibiotics. ...Read more

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I had my sinus surgery two weeks ago. Now I have infection and my mucus is all dark brown is that mean I still have infection?

Can't say: Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health, AND...
leftover blood from surgery often gives dark brown mucous 1-2 wk later w/out any infection.
Or... could be infection.
Signs of infection, INCREASING pain/redness/discharge or fever/chills. ...Read more

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Is it uncommon to get an infection post ACL repair and is it difficult to control such an infection? Surgery done in Bangkok.

Under proper: Precautions it is rare to get an infection, unfortunately orthopedic infections can be difficult to treat and any graft may have to be removed ...Read more