Suture Site Infection

The symptoms of suture site infection include pain, redness, swelling, and pus around the wound. When the infection is left untreated, it can lead to necrotizing fasciitis and sepsis. People with the following conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, and weakened immune system, are at higher risk of developing the infection.

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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 »

Should pus and bloody discharge after pilonidal surgery be of concern?

Query: Hi doctor, I got pilonidal sinus surgery one month ago, and they stitched the surgical wound with internal stitches as well. Everything was going smooth until today when I noticed a bloody trace on my underwear. When I checked, I saw a hole close to the incision and some pus and blood discharge. I d...  Read Full »

Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen both attached images (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Unfortunately, this hole has reappeared. It means, despite all measures, some infections did occur and led to skin breakdown. This cannot always be prevented despite best efforts....  Read Full »

The deep cut in foot is still red and painful. Do I need more antibiotics?

Query: Hello doctor, Eight days ago, I had a deep cut in my foot from a puncture. I got five stitches. A couple of days later, it got infected. So, I went to the doctor and was prescribed antibiotics for five days. While it seems like it is doing better, the redness is not completely gone and now I just t...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Usually, a five-day course of antibiotics is enough for wound infection. I suggest you send me some photos of the wound in order to give you a better advice. Is there any pain, pus, or redness in the wound site? I suggest taking Ibuprofen 400 mg tablet every six hour...  Read Full »

Why do I have a burning sensation with pus discharge at the incision site for more than six weeks?

Query: Hello doctor, I went into shock during my tummy tuck surgery, and the reason was unknown. My hemoglobin dropped to 5 g/dL, but it was 14.6 g/dL before the surgery. I was taken to the emergency room and returned home after one week of treatment with four blood transfusions. Still, my incision is not ...  Read Full »

Dr. Kuljyot Bajaj

Answer: Hello,Welcome to you for your query.Most of the wounds heal within three to four weeks. Unfortunately, it has taken longer in your case with a hospitalization.1) When your surgeons re-stitched your wound, was there any fluid collection under your wound?2) When is the next follow-up...  Read Full »

How should we manage a sutured wound?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 20-year-old male with a height of 6'1 feet and a weight of 240 lbs. Fourteen days ago, I had an accident with a sharp tool, cutting pretty much to the knuckle. I got stitches and went by the doctor's home care instructions as best I could and today had my stitches removed. The are...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern, and I will help you out. I saw the images you attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). I could see the joining of the cut edges except for the right corner, which shows pus drainage (probably). Is there any itching...  Read Full »

Is it concerning that my suture for gum graft loosen before removal?

Query: Hello doctor, I had alloderm gum graft surgery on July 2nd. The sutures are nondissolvable. They became loss yesterday and this morning I noticed that the edge of a suture is loose. There is no bleeding and a very mild discomfort. The facial swelling has resolved. I do not have a fever. The gum is...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I had gone through your question I can understand your concern. If the gap between graft and the normal gingival tissue is not visible then there is no issue. If there is a breach between two you will need the doctor consultation. Because you have not uploaded any pic...  Read Full »

Is the suggested treatment plan correct?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a C-section delivery before four months. After 15 days, there was a small wound and it got cleared after a month. Now again, there is some wound infection and is showing two holes. I am taking antibiotic Ciplox 500 and Vibact for the past two days and taking Clarithromycin 500 a...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditi Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your C-section has become complicated due to the infection in your wound or surgical site. The incision sometimes does not heal due to body's own defenses and that can cause this. I would suggest you go for the correction surgery because they reopen and repair the same si...  Read Full »

Why is fluid dripping from the stitches?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a C-section before a month. A few days after, it was found that the surgery site got infected with some discharge. All the stitches were removed and the site was irrigated and cleaned everyday for over a week with antibiotics. Two days ago, I went for secondary closure. A nylon thre...  Read Full »

Dr. Sweta Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From your history, it seems like you have an infection in the suture line. You will need professional daily dressing and antibiotics. Please go to a hospital and have the wound looked at and maybe a culture sent to determine the cause of infection. Meanwhile, you can do t...  Read Full »

Why do I have pain in wisdom tooth extracted site even after 9 days?

Query: Hello doctor, This is the 9th day after wisdom teeth extraction and I still have a painful swollen gland under my jaw.  Read Full »

Dr. Wajid Hassan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I know it is a bit hard for you at this stage after wisdom tooth surgery. Some of the times the wisdom tooth surgery is a little aggressive because the tooth is lying deep into the bone and to remove it a lot of work has to be done. And some of the bone has to be remove...  Read Full »

What can cause pus to leak from stitches after cesarean?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a cesarean operation before nine months. But, my stitches have not been cured yet. Earlier, pus used to come out of the hard structure and began to gather on my belly. Now, after two months, again a little bit of stitch has been opened. Please help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Naresh Kumar M.

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I had gone through all the details you have posted (attachment removed to protect patient identity).  You have got an infection postoperative at suture site, because of which you are getting pus. I suggest you to consult a general surgeon. There might be a local pocket of...  Read Full »

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