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What are the signs that there may be an infection at the surgical site?

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The following are signs indicating that there may be an infection at the surgical site. Tell your doctor right away if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • White pimples or blisters around incision lines.
  • An increase in redness, tenderness, or swelling of the surgical site.
  • Drainage from the incision line. Occasionally, a small amount of bloody or clear yellow-tinged fluid may drain. Notify your doctor if it persists or if it changes in consistency.
  • A marked or sudden increase in pain not relieved by the pain medication.

SOURCES:

TeensHealth: "Plastic Surgery."

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Reconstructive Procedures."

American Society of plastic Surgeons: "Wound Care Physician's Counseling Guide."

CDC: "Frequently Asked Questions About Surgical Site Infections."

University of Michigan Health System: "Reconstructive Burn Surgery."

 

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 29, 2017

SOURCES:

TeensHealth: "Plastic Surgery."

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Reconstructive Procedures."

American Society of plastic Surgeons: "Wound Care Physician's Counseling Guide."

CDC: "Frequently Asked Questions About Surgical Site Infections."

University of Michigan Health System: "Reconstructive Burn Surgery."

 

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 29, 2017

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