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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 »

The deep cut in my foot is still red. 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 to...  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 »

I have pain and swelling after cyst removal. Is it infected?

Query: Hello doctor, I got a cyst removed from my breast and now I think I have skin necrosis. It seemed to be healing fine but I thought the stitches dissolved a bit soon. First, I had a huge bruise, then I got a scab off to the side of the incision. The scab went away within a couple days and skin seems ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have noted your concern and I have viewed the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It seems like the wound has got infected. I would suggest a course of an oral antibiotic either Amoxicillin or Cephalexin for a week or 10 days. Consult your spec...  Read Full »

I am experiencing difficulty in swallowing and pus discharge after a recent cervical surgery. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor,I had undergone cervical spine surgery recently and still have difficulty swallowing. Also, there is a pus collection around the incision and itching. I have been on the following medications: Wellbutrin, Zanaflex, Oxycodone, Protonix, Pepcid, Lexapro, Results, and Topamax.Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I would like to know the following details regarding your surgery to assist you further.Do you have any low-grade fever?For what medical condition was the surgery done?What antibiotic medication are you taking?Did you ...  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 Thank 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. When your surgeons re-stitched your wound, was there any fluid collection under your wound? When is the next follow-up?...  Read Full »

Why is the cut on my hand that is stitched taking more than seven days to heal?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a cut on my hand and its been healing with stitches for the last seven days. I am wondering if it could be infected?  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It suggests a mild infection. I would suggest you clean it with hydrogen peroxide. Apply Betadine cream locally and put a sterile bandage on it. Do it daily till edges become fused. Avoid movement for fast healing. I would suggest you take the following medicines for fi...  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. As you have not uploaded any picture, I...  Read Full »

What type of stitches should have been used if I was infected with MRSA?

Query: Hello doctor,I was diagnosed with MRSA eight days after surgery. The surgery was performed to repair the complications from previous surgery. Eventually, I had to undergo a mesh removal procedure three months after the repair surgery. Now, my stitches from the second surgery are infected. My questio...  Read Full »

Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understood your concern. Firstly, I would like to know how it was determined that you were infected with MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) prior to the current surgery? If this was known before the surgery, many alternative opti...  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 an...  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. It is possible that the incision may not heal properly due to the body's natural defense mechanisms, potentially leading to complications. In such cases, undergoing correction surg...  Read Full »

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