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Unread 11-11-2007, 03:57 AM
recurring infections at incision site

My TAH was on Aug 23 and I am experiencing a third infection at the incision. They are very painful and render me unable to do anything but rest. I was on Cipro for 2 weeks and 10 days later the infection reoccurred. Then I was put on Avelox for 10 days and now 2 weeks later, I'm feeling the beginning of the infection again and have to go to the doctor tomorrow. Has anyone else had this problem and if so how was it corrected?
I think I'm doing better from the hysterectomy, but these infections are really wearing me out.
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Unread 11-11-2007, 08:24 AM
recurring infections at incision site

fcalley

I'm so sorry you're experiencing these recurrent infections but am glad you're seeing the doctor again tomorrow. Will you let us know how you get on?

Wishing you all the very best and hoping things sort themselves out, very soon!

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Unread 11-11-2007, 09:44 AM
recurring infections at incision site

Have they done a culture on the infection?If not I would ask for one to make sure that the infection is going to respond to the antibiotic that they have you on.Please remember that tommrow is a Fed.holiday and many offices will be closed.
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Unread 11-15-2007, 09:23 AM
recurring infections at incision site

good news! I woke up on Sunday feeling better. I realized that I have stopped Motrin because of nosebleeds and I think I started feeling things the Motrin had surpressed. Being nervous about the infection coming back, I didn't think it would be anything else.

After reading Dawn's entry about taking quercetin as an anti inflammatory, I decided to go to the health food store and start a new regime. They recommended I take probiotics and quercitin. I don't know if it's in my head, but I started feeling better right away. Hopefully, I 'm on the mend now. Thanks all for your support.
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Unread 11-15-2007, 04:31 PM
recurring infections at incision site

I am experiencing a weeping incision site. I have staples, and went today for my first post op. exam. OUCH! I had several staples removed from the top of the incision. However, my drain and the remainder of the staples were left in. I go back on Monday to see how things are progressing.

I was told to clean my incision with soap and water, and now hydrogen peroxide. Now, I am a very overweight. I am not sure if this plays into the picture at all or not. My gyn never really answered this question. She was just concerned that air hits my incision, and that it heals. If not, she will have to remove all the staples and do a wet pack. I am not too sure of what is involved with this.

I asked about taking antibiotics, and she said no. She wants my body to heal itself and to have a chance to do so.

Anyone have any ideas or hints for me? I am all ears. I am just terrified of having to go through a wet pack.

Thanks.

Blessings all around,
Roseptl
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Unread 11-15-2007, 05:56 PM
recurring infections at incision site

My surgery was on Monday. I'm home and feeling pretty good. The doctor had the nurse put on a tegraderm bandage overy my abdominal staples and said to keep it on until my 2 week appointment. It is waterproof. Today the bandage they put on yesterday is already coming off. I wonder if I should go out and buy some tegradem bandages to recover it. It seems to really support the incission and keep it from catching on my hands and clothes. It makes it feel better when it is covered in this. Anyone else have them put this over you incision and if so, did it come off and you just keep recovering it with fresh tegradem sheets. Those sheets are so expensive. Thanks for your insights.
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Unread 11-15-2007, 07:08 PM
recurring infections at incision site

I never had a drain or a tegraderm bandage. My staples were removed after a week, but later an internal stitch came out and was like a needle piercing me. It feel out, but I think that is the area that became infected later on. The doctor put silver nitrate in the hole and it really hurt. Later they put hydrogen peroxide on it too, but that also burned.

I advise checking that the incision area does not become red or hot which are signs of infection. If they do, go to your Dr right away and get put on antibiotics. I did not because the doctor kept telling me it was normal. I was in major pain (like needles sticking in my incision). I felt so alone because the Doctor made light of my symptoms.

I hope you have a better experience. It is 3 months and I'm still not feeling like I did before the surgery. I have just started taking Quercetin for inflammation and probiotics. These seem to have helped me.

Good luck!
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