Post Surgical Infection

Post-surgical infection occurs when the pathogens get increased in the site of the surgical incision, causing infection. These are called surgical site infections (SSIs), and they occur within 30 days of surgery. They are of three types - 1) Superficial incisional SSI occurs in the area where the incision is made. 2) Deep incisional SSI occurs beneath the incision of the muscle or tissue. 3) Organ or space SSI occurs anywhere in the incisional area of the body other than the skin, muscle, or surrounding tissue. They cause fever, tenderness, and delayed healing with pain.

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My skin around the surgical site looks black and dead. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 57 year old female. I am 4.3 feet tall. I underwent a leg surgery 11 months back. The surgical wound has been infected three times already with pus discharge. After cleaning the discharge, a small area remains unhealed, and the implants fixed during surgery can be still seen throu...  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Chawla

Orthopaedician And Traumatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Kindly post the images of the affected leg and the infected wound after the surgery. I will be able to comment only after seeing the photos. Revert with more information to an orthopaedician and traumatologist online -->  Read Full »

Why do I have two red spots at the site of pilonidal surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, Before a year, I did a pilonidal surgery with a cleft lift procedure. Before a week, I got a slight pain in the same region in my lower back and it was a pimple. It was just a small one filled with pus. I used some home remedies by making a paste with baking soda, aloe vera, turmeric, an...  Read Full »

Dr. Lalit Bansal

General Surgeon

Answer: Hi,Welcome to have undergone surgery for pilonidal sinus before a year. Now you have some pimples on the same site. It can occur due to infection. Maintain local hygiene. Shave your hair present in that area. I suggest you take some medicines to have some relief.   Read Full »

How long should I take antibiotics post toe amputation?

Query: Hello doctor, I got a toe amputation of my pinky toe that got ripped off in a surfing accident. In the hospital, they gave me an antibiotic injection and antibiotic pills for one day. It has been four days, and the wound is healing alright. I told this to the doctor friend of mine, and he said I sh...  Read Full »

Dr. Nasir

Pain Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is of utmost importance that you continue and complete the full dose of antibiotics that were started. Antibiotics are given to kill or prevent the start of infection as such conditions are favorable for them to grow. In your case, since recent surgery or min...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have pain for more than a week post wisdom tooth extraction?

Query: Hello doctor,I had my wisdom teeth removed eight days ago, and my left jaw is aching so bad, and my left cheek is still extremely swollen inside. My right side has only minimal swelling and does not hurt to touch. I also have a hard knot in my jawline, which seems to be the primary pain point. I jus...  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per your history, I am quite concerned that you should be having minimal to no pain by the eighth day unless there is any complication. Kindly upload an image of the extraction site (left third molar) area and the right third molar area as soon as possible. I nee...  Read Full »

What could be the cause of the uncomfortable feeling near the cesarean stitches?

Query: Hi doctor, I had two cesarean stitches, which is just below the stomach. Yesterday morning I felt some uncomfortable feeling at the left end of the stitch. When I touch, it felt a bit hard. It is a throbbing and uncomfortable feeling.  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from an uncomfortable feeling at the left end of the stitch and felt hard. You had two cesarean sections, and the stitch is just below the stomach. Such clinical fe...  Read Full »

How long does it take for tissues to grow into the mesh after hernia surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, My questions are related to da Vinci bilateral hernia repair with mesh. How long does it take for the tissues to completely grow into the mesh? What is the time window for rejection of the mesh after the surgery? What is the time window for developing infection after the surgery? Plea...  Read Full »

Dr. Happykumar Kagathara

Medical Gastroenterologist, Surgical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Hernia surgery can be done with two approaches, open surgery or minimal access surgery. The minimal access approach includes either conventional laparoscopic surgery or robotic surgery. Healing allows fibrosis to occur in the surgery area and the extent of fibrosis is ...  Read Full »

My daughter has abdominal pain post appendectomy surgery with constipation. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 17 years old. She had an appendectomy a week ago and has been recovering nicely at home. I have minimal pain, no fevers, no swelling, and drain working normally. Today she woke up with severe cramping on her right side. She has not had a bowel movement yet today but has...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveed Ahmed Khan

General Surgeon

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have not mentioned whether your daughter had an open or a laparoscopic appendicectomy. From the history you gave, I can imagine the appendix must have been severely infected as the doctor has kept a drain postoperatively which is quite helpful to drain any remai...  Read Full »

Can a person travel with an infected surgical site?

Query: Hello doctor, Two and a half weeks ago, I underwent an exploratory laparotomy that resulted in an appendectomy. Yesterday, I went to see my primary care physician who diagnosed a surgical site infection. I was given Cephalex three times per day for ten days. My question is about traveling with my cu...  Read Full »

Dr. Raghu

General Surgeon, Surgical Oncologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It would be very difficult for me to recommend anything without a clinical examination. The extent of wound infection would determine whether you could go or not. A mild infection which does not require a daily dressing will not hinder you from going. But if the infectio...  Read Full »

Is pus secretion from gallbladder bed after gallstone removal surgery a concerning issue?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother has undergone a gallstone and uterus removal surgery simultaneously. From the day of operation, she is having pus secretion from the gall bladder bed. What may be the possible reasons behind this?  Read Full »

Dr. Kumar Sonal

General Surgeon

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Sorry to hear about your mother's complaints. Pus from the surgical site is worrisome. It may just be a surgical site infection, usually superficial and confined to the skin and it usually subsides with appropriate antibiotics. But since you have mentioned that the p...  Read Full »

My father who is a diabetic,underwent CABG and the wound is taking long time to heal. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My father is diabetic and had MI with a heart block. He underwent CABG surgery and sternal debridement before three years. The wound has not healed still now. He is on Meropenem 1000 mg medication, and Colistimethate Sodium is also being used. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Cardiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As your father is diabetic, he has low immunity against infection. Wound healing may take some time. Deep sternal wounds are very common after CABG (Coronary artery bypass grafting). Both antibiotics he is using are very powerful. If they are not effective, then I w...  Read Full »

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