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Doctor insights on: Staff Infection After Surgery

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Dr. Scott Keith
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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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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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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?

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 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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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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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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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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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