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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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Dr. Asha Juliet Barboza

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), but unfortunately, the photo of the eyes is too blurry to appreciate. I can only note that the eyes look congested, but I cannot appreciate the blood clot that the doctor has said she h...  Read Full »

Why do I have persistent discomfort after undergoing ERCP?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 24 years old. I was diagnosed with SLE ten years ago. I have stomach pain now. The MRCP showed a stricture at the ampulla, so ERCP and partial stricture dilatation were done. Still, l have discomfort. Now amylase and lipase levels are normal. I am taking enzyme supplements.  Read Full »

Dr. Ghulam Fareed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq. com. I have reviewed your case history and attached investigations (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). There were features suggestive of chronic pancreatitis and ampullary stricture dilated during the surgery. It is great that your current amylase an...  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 Cephalexin three times per day for ten days. My question is about traveling in my cu...  Read Full »

Dr. Nadiminty Raghuvamsi

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 infection...  Read Full »

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Dr. Pavan N Murdeshwar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If you are saying it is already six months since the surgery and if you are doing regular physiotherapy, still has not gained much of the actions, then it is not worth waiting anymore. There are many muscle transfer surgeries which can give you the desired movements ...  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

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 »

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

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Dr. Lalit Kumar Bansal

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 »

I have pus draining from my hernia surgery incision. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had seven abdominal surgeries, namely gastric bypass, laparoscopic cholecystectomy, exploratory laparoscopy, panniculectomy, ventral hernia repair, mesh removal from hernia repair with exploratory laparoscopy, and recently open epigastric incisional hernia fix a month back. Imme...  Read Full »

Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is very unfortunate that you had to go through all that. After reviewing the information shared and your pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it appears you are suffering from surgical site infection. Following are the possibilities: Inf...  Read Full »

I have a swelling after ACL reconstruction surgery. please help.

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Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Firstly were you running fever three weeks post-surgery? Secondly, your first ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) and CRP (C-reactive protein) were raised, but within my comfort zone as post-surgery, they will usually be built up to six weeks to three months. The se...  Read Full »

My baby not feeding properly after a heart surgery. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My baby, who is 1 month old, had a major heart surgery d-TGA on the 6th day of his birth. He was discharged on the 29th day. Now, he is 5.4 lbs and at the time of his birth, he was 5.4 lbs. He cries too much and sleeps too much, but in both the occasion he takes very less feeding. We are ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 1. Your baby had a major surgery and because of surgical trauma, his feeding and sleep pattern is disturbed. 2. Regarding his fever, there is a possibility of some post-surgery infection. 3. You have to consult your cardiologist and pediatrician as this is a major issue...  Read Full »

Do I have to do surgery for the infection caused due to ACL reconstruction surgery?

Query: Hi doctor,I got an ACL reconstruction surgery done two weeks back. There was an infection in the operated site, so they did re-surgery and lavage, three days back. After this, physiotherapy was done for 10 days. So, the pain stopped, but there is still swelling in the knee. Today, the doctor asked m...  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the attached reports and photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The knee looks to be still infected. Lavage needs to be done till the knee becomes normal and the ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) and CRP (C-reactive protein) values drop to ...  Read Full »

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