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Doctor insights on: Pus From Surgical Incision

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Is it normal to have yellow drainage from surgical incision?

Is it normal to have yellow drainage from surgical incision?

Natural Process: When there is injury to our skin, inflammation occurs which means the area becomes red, warm, tender and with swelling. The swelling occurs under the skin layers and then can leak out of an open wound. The fluid contains water, protein, electrolytes and cells that give it color. This is a natural process and aids in healing. As it heals, the drainage will decrease. Keep it covered. ...Read more

Pus (Definition)

Pus consists of white blood cells that have "eaten" bacteria and then died. You find pus resulting after an infection has established itself and the pus is a product of the body's immune ...Read more


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Why is my surgical incision itching so much?

Why is my surgical incision itching so much?

Healing process.: Whenever tissue is subject to trauma, such as incisions made during surgery, the body initiates an inflammatory response as part of the healing process. As part of this process histamine is released. It is the histamine which causes the wound to itch. So itching of the wound is a good sign. If you find the itching is unbearable, you can take an antihistamine such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for relief. ...Read more

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There is fluid draining from my surgical incision, is this normal?

There is fluid draining from my surgical incision, is this normal?

Draining incision: There are times that drainage is expected and even encouraged.
So is this normal? It may be normal for the condition you have but healed without infection and not draining is better. ...Read more

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How long does it take a surgical incision to heal?

4-6 weeks: At 4-6 weeks 90% or so of the strength in the incision has healed. The wound will continue to modify for the rest of your life. Thus scars fade with time. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a surgical incision marks to be hard?

Yes, but...: Yes, it is normal for incision lines to the firm for the first several months after the procedure is performed. As the scar "matures", most scars will soften and improve in appearance. Some patients will develop abnormal scars, called hypertrophic or keloid scars; these scars may be raised and firm. Treatment for these types of scars are available. ...Read more

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What is the best way to take care of a surgical incision?

Clean and dry: Keep the incision clean by showering with soap and water at least daily. The incision can be left uncovered as long as it is dry and not leaking. Otherwise, a dry gauze will help keep your clothes fro getting soiled. ...Read more

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Post surgical incision bled a little bit 5 days after surgery but has now stopped. Is this a big deal?

Not a problem: Probably is not, specially if stopped already, that could happens if small amount of blood accumulates under the skin and need to drain. ...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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What is the purpose of a surgical incision into the thalamus?

Tumor or tremor: Neurosurgical incision to extrepate a tumor or place a brain electrode for electrical stimulation to control tremor are the only two occassions to operate on the Thalamus I know of ...Read more

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Why does my surgical incision from a week ago itch and have a rash around it?

Why does my surgical incision from a week ago itch and have a rash around it?

Not uncommon: Some people have reactions to the prep prior to the operation or the adhesives used after it. It goes away after several days usually. Anti-itch products like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream can help. If it worsens, talk to your surgeon because infection is always a possibility, but less likely given your current symptoms. ...Read more

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What should I do if I accidentally put Neosporin on a surgical incision that I'm fairly sure had been glued? I am 4.5 days post-op.

What should I do if I accidentally put Neosporin on a surgical incision that I'm fairly sure had been glued? I am 4.5 days post-op.

Don't worry.: If it stays closed, no worries. You can wipe it off carefully. If it comes open, dehisces, then need to see your surgeon ASAP. ...Read more

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Surgical incision oozing pinkish orange liquid, should I be concerned?

Surgical incision oozing pinkish orange liquid, should I be concerned?

When to get checked: Drainage from any surgical incision should be checked by your surgical team. Cover the incision with clean gauze and call your team. It may be a seroma, hematoma. Diagnosis and treatment will get you better. ...Read more

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Surgical incision into the thalamus, what are the risks of doing this?

Speak w neurosurgeon: There are very few indications for operative resection of thalamic lesions, since they are uncommon. Most of the experience have been in children with thalamic tumors. Each case must be individualized, there are several approaches to these lesions. The complications (morbidity) is significant and include visual field defects and hydrocephalus. Then the underlying cancer causes mortality. ...Read more

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What is the best scar cream that I can get to help fade the darkness of a surgical incision? Any natural options that can help as well? Thank you

What is the best scar cream that I can get to help fade the darkness of a surgical incision? Any natural options that can help as well? Thank you

Avoid sunlight.: Use zinc oxide to protect the scar from sunlight which will cause it to darken.
Vit E capsules open and spread the liquid on the scar 2X/day for 3-4 months. Not scientifically proven but good anecdotal stories ...Read more

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What are the short-term & long-term side effects from surgical excision of the hydrocele? What are the risks&probabilities of the surgical incision?

What are the short-term & long-term side effects from surgical excision of the hydrocele? What are the risks&probabilities of the surgical incision?

See below: Short term risk is post-operative pain, swelling, hematoma formation or recurrent hydrocele. Infection is rare unless a hematoma develops. Damage to adjacent structures such as the testis itself, the vas or epididymis are uncommon long term risks. ...Read more

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I have a surgical incision from a bunionectomy that doesn't want to heal. I have no signs of infection but there is still some seeping. What do I do?

I have a surgical incision from a bunionectomy that doesn't want to heal. I have no signs of infection but there is still some seeping. What do I do?

Watch! Watch! Watch!: A time frame on the number of post-operative days would not only be helpful but down right necessary to offer some encouragement. The wound wants to heal, and barring an infection should heal without incident. Some times the wound may weep or seep for various reasons, but the one that is most concerning is infection. Your surgeon should give you the necessary advice to deal with immediate care. ...Read more

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What type of pain can I expect with the large hematoma pressing against my surgical incision from the hiatal. Hernia repair?

What type of pain can I expect with the large hematoma pressing against my surgical incision from the hiatal. Hernia repair?

Hard 2 Answer: It is often very difficult to sort out incisional pain from pain secondary to the operation performed. Was your operation laparoscopic or open? ...How long ago? ...How big of a hematoma? ...Was mesh used? The best person to answer this question is your surgeon. I assume that he/she is keeping a close eye on your situation. In general, severe pain mandates close follow-up. Good luck! ...Read more

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Surgical incision positive non MRSA staph. Almost healed after 7 weeks. Could I still have infection if site heals? Dr ordering MRI W & W/Contrast

Surgical incision positive non MRSA staph. Almost healed after 7 weeks. Could I still have infection if site heals? Dr ordering MRI W & W/Contrast

Unlikely: If the incision is healing well, odds are that the infection has been adequately treated. If you had mesh implanted as part of the incision repair, then this might be the reason to look into a CT scan or MRI. ...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?

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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Laparscopic ovarian cysts surgery & incision drainage, what to do?

Call your surgeon: Wash the incision with an anti-bacterial soap such as hibiclens or phisoderm. Irrigate hydrogen peroxide over a 4 x 4 gauze and most importantly call your surgeon so he/she can evaluate the wound for any possible infection or loss of integrity. ...Read more

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I'm 3wks post op laparscopic and my incision opened up. Its a lot pus coming out. Am n pain. Should I go to the er?

See below: Yes go to the er and call your surgeon to tell him that you are going to the er with these symptoms. Your wound may need to be opened up, drained, and cultured. ...Read more

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I had surgery a month ago and my incision still has pus and blood coming out and it's swollen what's wrong?

Infection: You may have an infection. Please return to the doctor that performed the sutures. ...Read more

Incision (Definition)

An incision is an opening made in the skin or mucosal surface. It is usually performed to allow entry into a body cavity in order to ...Read more