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Why do surgical site open after stiches are removed?

Why do surgical site open after stiches are removed?

Stitches: A wound can open after sutures are removed when there is more stress across the incision than the rhaling wound can withstand. Each patient is different - some take longer to heal. Different areas of the body heal at different rates as well. ...Read more

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Is it bad when a surgical site is hot and pink?

Is it bad when a surgical site is hot and pink?

Get it checked.: A healing surgical wound can appear red as it heals. A surgical site infection (ssi) is a potentially serious complication and will set back wound healing. Symptoms and signs are pain, fever, redness, swelling, drainage of fluid, and heat at the surgical site. I recommend getting it checked & followed by the surgeon as soon as you can. ...Read more

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How long till I can shower after a perc kidney surgery? Average time till the weeping at surgical site should stop?

How long till I can shower after a perc kidney surgery? Average time till the weeping at surgical site should stop?

Answer Varies: If you are talking about placement of a percutaneous tube into your kidney, you can typically cover them and shower immediately. Some docs will allow you to shower right over exiting tubes and drains. If they are laparoscopic wounds, typically ok after a day or two. "weeping" seems like a lot of drainage. Should have settled in 2-3 days after surgery. You need to check with your surgeon. ...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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If it think a cut/wound i got on my four week post op surgical site is infected should I go to my surgeon or family dr. And how long should I wait?

If it think a cut/wound i got on  my four week post op surgical site is infected should I go to my surgeon or family dr. And how long should I wait?

Either: You need to see a doctor and it does not matter which one. Go soon, as wound infections can get out of control very quickly. ...Read more

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I have had an open hernia surgical site for 51/2 months that will heal and I have been going to a wound clinic for a month. Is a wound vac an opition?

I have had an open hernia surgical site for 51/2 months that will heal and I have been going to a wound clinic for a month. Is a wound vac an opition?

Not sure: I have used the vac for years now to assist in the healing of wounds. You need to make sure there is no foreign body in the wound that is prohibiting the wound to heal. May need a culture to make sure there is no infection. Sounds like the wound shld have healed by now. ...Read more

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I had a cyst at left cheek and done an incision to remove the abcesses. Six weeks later, i saw the surgical site was raised and darker color

I had a cyst at left cheek and done an incision to remove the abcesses.  Six weeks later, i saw the surgical site was raised and darker color

Probably a keloid.: You probably have what is called a keloid. You can google 'keloid' and see if that is what you have. It can be painful, and if it is in an open area, can look ugly. Otherwise, it is usually nothing to worry too much about. If you are concerned, see your doctor. ...Read more

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3 week post wisdom removal. Generally is it okay to brush hard, waterpik, eat anything and touch the surgical site?

3 week post wisdom removal.  Generally is it okay to brush hard, waterpik, eat anything and touch the surgical site?

Yes, it is OK: by now it is safe to brush and floss normal, waterpik and to eat normal food. Good luck! ...Read more