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4 weeks post-op, end of incision open? 4 weeks post-op, end of incision open?

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Unread 01-02-2008, 05:22 AM
4 weeks post-op, end of incision open?

Late last night, I was getting ready for bed and as I pulled my pajamas on, I felt a trickle of something near the end of my incision. When I looked, there's a gap at the right side of my incision, and it was trickling blood and yellowish discharge. It wasn't heavy and the opening looked shallow. That side of my incision has felt sore, but not hot or red. On the other hand, I've felt kind of a generalized bleah the past few days, and I'm wondering if maybe it's the result of infection in my body.

Do you think this is reason enough to call the doctor's office and ask to be seen today?
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Unread 01-02-2008, 05:50 AM
4 weeks post-op, end of incision open?

This is definitely reason enough to call your doctor's office. Hopefully you can get in today. Even if you can not get in today, you can at least get some medical suggestions on how to take care of it.

that you will be able to get appointment today.
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Unread 01-02-2008, 05:59 AM
4 weeks post-op, end of incision open?

Thanks Jessica, that's the way I've been leaning, too.
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Unread 01-02-2008, 06:03 AM
4 weeks post-op, end of incision open?

you get m y vote, absolutely call.....don't ruin a good recovery by not asking....let us know what happens.... - Suzyq
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Unread 01-02-2008, 07:09 AM
4 weeks post-op, end of incision open?

Thanks Suzyq, I will. I called the doctor's office at 8:30 when they opened and the receptionist jumped to get me on the schedule, when I told her my symptoms. I have a 10am appointment.
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Unread 01-02-2008, 03:33 PM
4 weeks post-op, end of incision open?

Update: It turns out that my sutures were actually preventing my incision from healing properly. Even though she used resolvable sutures, I still had a big old knot, as well as part of a stitch next to it, poking up out of the right side of my incision. Since it hadn't dissolved on its own, it was just rubbing and irritating, so it was keeping the corner of my incision from closing fully. Last night, fluids must've just filled up in it and the suture rubbed the right way... and *pop.* Her treatment was to go ahead and remove the remaining stitches (at least, the visible ones). Only the superficial skin area is infected, so she didn't want to give me systemic antibiotics - she just prescribed a topical. She told me that I've done a very good job with cleaning the incision, and that she was pleased that I was vigilant about it when something didn't seem right - if it had been left to its own devices, it could've been a lot worse.

We had another chat, while I was there, about returning to work and spotting. Her decision is that she's absolutely not releasing me for work until 6 weeks - my incision isn't entirely healed and my continued steady spotting is evidence that my body still needs rest.

Of course, I had already committed to going into my office "just for an hour" to take care of the first-of-month invoicing run. No one else in the office was capable, and my boss was several states away. Boy, do I wish I hadn't gone in and done that. There is no such thing as "just for an hour." And sisters, let me tell you, my body was screaming at me loud and clear, "YOU'RE NOT READY TO BE BACK IN YOUR OFFICE!" - even though I have an administrative desk job. I was hobbling by the time I left, I felt so sore.

*groan*
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Unread 01-02-2008, 03:45 PM
4 weeks post-op, end of incision open?

Very good to know you caught it before it was too serious, it could of been much worse. Of course, it is still another backwards step.
Get some rest and hope you are feeling better soon.

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Unread 01-02-2008, 04:25 PM
4 weeks post-op, end of incision open?

Glad to hear you got that resolved! Be well.
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Unread 01-02-2008, 05:08 PM
4 weeks post-op, end of incision open?

digi - Glad you took care of that. It probably feels better without the rubbing of the misplaced stitches. I remember many moons ago when I had my wisdom teeth removed, feeling something funny, two weeks after the dr. removed the stitches. It was a lone stitch that the dr. left in because it was hidden by a swollen piece of gum. so I guess it is possible...
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Unread 01-02-2008, 08:05 PM
4 weeks post-op, end of incision open?

Glad you got into the doc and had that taken care of!

Careful about doing too much at work... my experience was that the minute I arrived back at the office, everyone I assumed I was back at 100%... There was no "easing" back into things. Remember to take it easy and .
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