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My husband had bypass surgery on his legs. I think his leg is infected. What should we do?

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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Seek help

Call surgeon or go to er immediately.
The graft can become infected and need to be removed, in addition to the other problems with infection. Do not delay treatment!

In brief: Seek help

Call surgeon or go to er immediately.
The graft can become infected and need to be removed, in addition to the other problems with infection. Do not delay treatment!
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
5 doctors agree

In brief: See your surgeon

It is pretty common to have an infection of the incisions after a lower extremity bypass.
If the incision is red, tender and draining fluid it makes sense to see the surgeon sooner than later. Your husband may need antibiotics and should have the wound looked at to make sure there are no un-drained pockets of infection.

In brief: See your surgeon

It is pretty common to have an infection of the incisions after a lower extremity bypass.
If the incision is red, tender and draining fluid it makes sense to see the surgeon sooner than later. Your husband may need antibiotics and should have the wound looked at to make sure there are no un-drained pockets of infection.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. John Leander Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Consider ID consult

First thing: follow everyone's advice here to go to your surgeon and seek help from them first.
Second thing: an infectious diseases specialist may help your surgeon choose the most appropriate antibiotic available, and to consider potential complications that merit additional work-up or streamline diagnostics.

In brief: Consider ID consult

First thing: follow everyone's advice here to go to your surgeon and seek help from them first.
Second thing: an infectious diseases specialist may help your surgeon choose the most appropriate antibiotic available, and to consider potential complications that merit additional work-up or streamline diagnostics.
Dr. John Leander Po
Dr. John Leander Po
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Dr. Martin Raff
Occasionally surgeons are reluctant to admit the possibility of a complication. If you are not satisfied that you are receiving adequate advice you are free to contact Infectious Disease doctors for second opinions.
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