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Unread 09-17-2006, 02:01 PM
Incision site red, swollen, hard as a rock, help

Hi ladies,
I'm six weeks post-op tomorrow and all of a sudden I woke up today and my biggest incision site (I had a TLH) is red, swollen, hard as a rock and tender to the touch. The incision has been closed for about three weeks now so I don't understand what's going on. Any ideas? I don't really want to call the doc unless I have to. I can't afford him. I'm nervous about this because the redness is expanding quickly. The red area is twice as big now as it was 9 hours ago.
Any info/ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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Unread 09-17-2006, 02:05 PM
Incision site red, swollen, hard as a rock, help

Call your doctor and get this under control, fast! It could be a hematoma or abscess.

Unread 09-17-2006, 02:06 PM
Incision site red, swollen, hard as a rock, help

If the incision is not looking good and is getting worse instead of better, I think you have no choice but to call the doctor. You could have an infection.
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Unread 09-17-2006, 03:07 PM
Incision site red, swollen, hard as a rock, help

hello, i am having the same thing and have been on antibitotics for a week and still have the infection. mine to came along after the incision healed . it is misreable and dangerous! i am getting a second opinion and more antibitotics tomorrow.. good luck to you!
Unread 09-17-2006, 06:52 PM
Incision site red, swollen, hard as a rock, help

Please make sure that you get to the Dr... Ithe worst case scenorio is that it could be a STAPH infection and you really don't want that to happen. Please keep us posted on your progress. Good luck to you.
Unread 09-17-2006, 09:00 PM
Incision site red, swollen, hard as a rock, help

I e-mailed my doc today and he told me to come in Tuesday. In the meantime I'll do what I can to not let it get worse.

Thanks again. You ladies are wonderful and I'm grateful for every one of you.

I'll let you know what's going on after I see him Tuesday.

Unread 09-20-2006, 10:14 AM
Incision site red, swollen, hard as a rock, help

Hi ladies,

I went to the doc yesterday and I have an infection, he said it's cellulitis. I have to take Keflex for a week and hopefully that will clear it up. The doc couldn't believe I have an infection. His words were "it's just a laparoscopy incision". I guess only big incisions are supposed to get infected. I really need to find another doc.

Thanks again for your words of advice and comfort. You ladies rock!

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