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I had surgery for a separated shoulder 4 weeks ago and the incision is still leaking. Is it normal?

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Dr. Joseph De Santi
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Leaking Wound

The incision should have sealed itself shut in this timeframe.
It sounds as if you may have developed a fistula which is sometimes associated with drain placement. If you had no drains then this could be a stitch abscess which is more superficial. In either situation you should have your physician inspect the area to determine what the problem is so you minimize your risk of deeper infection.

In brief: Leaking Wound

The incision should have sealed itself shut in this timeframe.
It sounds as if you may have developed a fistula which is sometimes associated with drain placement. If you had no drains then this could be a stitch abscess which is more superficial. In either situation you should have your physician inspect the area to determine what the problem is so you minimize your risk of deeper infection.
Dr. Joseph De Santi
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Dr. Joseph De Santi
That certainly wouldn't be a bad idea, especially since this is recurring.
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not uncommon

Draininh seroma leep you eye on it if it turns pussy then contract surgeon withincreasedpain or fevers keepit dry nobaths no showers good luckcall theoffice see ifthey eant to call in some antibiotics.

In brief: Not uncommon

Draininh seroma leep you eye on it if it turns pussy then contract surgeon withincreasedpain or fevers keepit dry nobaths no showers good luckcall theoffice see ifthey eant to call in some antibiotics.
Dr. Mark Weston
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In brief: Means

No is not normal , call your surgeon for post surgical follow up visit , will examine and treat you.

In brief: Means

No is not normal , call your surgeon for post surgical follow up visit , will examine and treat you.
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