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What happens when my surgical cut gets infected?

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They're rare, but they do happen. If you're going to get an infection, it's usually in the first month after your surgery.

Your wound could be infected if you have:

Most of the time, infections in the area of your wound can be treated with antibiotics.

  • Fever
  • Delay in your healing
  • Pus, redness, and pain getting worse
  • Tenderness, warmth, and swelling near your wound

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Surgical Site Infections."

St. Luke's Clinic: "Physiology of Wound Healing."

Virginia Mason Medical Center: "Q and A Wound Healing."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Surgical Site Infections."

St. Luke's Clinic: "Physiology of Wound Healing."

Virginia Mason Medical Center: "Q and A Wound Healing."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

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