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Is incision leaking normal?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
I was trying to find if this might have been mentioned previously, but couldn't find it. I apologize if it's been asked. I am 2 weeks post op, and I had my stitches clipped and steri strips removed 2 days ago. That evening part of the incision started bleeding slightly and seeping. This is my first surgery, and unfortunately I haven't heard back from the doctor yet. Is this normal?
post #2 of 7

mod note: moved from the toe surgery thread.

 

Stacy,

It does not sound normal to me, but I am not a doctor. It might help our more medically trained people here if you told us what kind of surgery you had. If it was toe surgery, which toe?

post #3 of 7
I also am not a surgeon, but I have had lots of experience having surgery performed on me. I've never had an incision leak after the stitches were removed. I used to work in hospitals and have seen post-stitches leakage where a drain was left in the wound after the surgery and removed with the last stitch. If you don't hear back from the surgeon, you probably should visit the ER.
post #4 of 7

I'm not a doctor but I am a retired industrial first aid attendant, so I mostly saw injuries prior to stitches. However it the Op came into my first aid room with a post stitches removal leaky incision I would definitely refer him/her to the family doctor who would probably be able to fit the OP in between already booked patients. At the ER the wait could be hours and the OP would be using up valuable time and resources best used for life and death or very serious situations. Of course things may be different in other regions.

post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thank you for you responses. I might have made a mistake I thought I posted my question on a thread about Hallux Rigidus. I haven't been on a forum before, so this is all new to me. I had a cheilectomy on my left great toe. I have been reading it through my recovery. My podiatrist finally returned my call and prescribed me an antibiotic and said to keep it covered and dry. Thank you so much for your help smile.gif
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Originally Posted by stacy81181 View Post

Thank you for you responses. I might have made a mistake I thought I posted my question on a thread about Hallux Rigidus. I haven't been on a forum before, so this is all new to me. I had a cheilectomy on my left great toe. I have been reading it through my recovery. My podiatrist finally returned my call and prescribed me an antibiotic and said to keep it covered and dry. Thank you so much for your help smile.gif


You were correct in where you posted, but I believe rusty thought you'd get better replies if it stood alone, because it seemed specific.  If not, we can always move it back. 

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post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thank you Trekchick, I realized what happened after I replied. It has definitely been a long week lol. I appreciate your help! Have a good weekend smile.gif
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