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Unread 04-22-2008, 06:06 PM
Uh-oh, Incision infection

I had TLH/LAVH one week ago today. Tonight, I looked at my belly button incision and it looks infected. Slightly above the part that is covered by the steri-strip it is red and white with some pus. I have put bacitracin on it.

This is not one of the things on the list to call the doc about. What do you think? I am planning to get some polysporin tomorrow. If it looks okay, am I good with not calling the doc? It is not painful and I'm not running a fever or anything.

Thanks.
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Unread 04-22-2008, 06:52 PM
Uh-oh, Incision infection

I had my LAVH on November 14th and I had a slight infection in the same spot; I noticed a red spot at the one end of my incision area and then a "bump" that looked like it was filled with some fluid. It drained and I thought it was because the incision area was rubbing on the waist band of my jeans. I had an appointment with my doctor and she took a culture of the fluid and I found out I had a slight staph infection. I took antibiotics and it cleared up. Prior to that I had been putting on some polysporin and kept the area clean & dry.

I would definitely call the doctor about it because you don't want it to get any worse or have full blown infection. Better safe than sorry.
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Unread 04-22-2008, 06:53 PM
Uh-oh, Incision infection

Thanks, Honeybee. Sorry you had a staph infection. I'll call them in the morning.
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Unread 04-23-2008, 10:20 AM
Uh-oh, Incision infection

Hi;

I had various laparascopies during my time, and with the belly button incision you have to be extra careful...It can get infected with your clothing rubbing against it, I even got an infection after washing dishes because the counter top was rubbing my belly button.....be extra careful and call your doctor.....
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Unread 04-23-2008, 11:15 AM
Uh-oh, Incision infection

It seems a fair amount better this morning. I'm going to give it another day and then call the doc. I hate to go through a big hassle if it's going to clear up fine with the ointment. Right?
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Unread 04-23-2008, 02:03 PM
Uh-oh, Incision infection

My dr explained to me that the belly button incision would be the one most likely to cause trouble. She suggested that if it started to look icky to clean it with peroxide on a q-tip.

I didn't have any problems with mine, but I was also extra careful by keeping it covered with a band aid until the scab came off.
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