Anyone who has been reading tready's posts will know that I have had a wound infection. It started 11 days post op and I have had considerable wound leakage since. I have had two different sorts of antibiotic and the leak has slowed but not stopped even 17 days later. I am now 4 weeks post op. (l5s1 fusion)
My question is: have any of you had a suture irritation? If so what did they do about it? Did it resolve itself? Or did they pull the suture out?
When I saw the surgeon on Tuesday he poked my wound with surgical forceps (very painful) because he said he thought there may be an internal dissolvable suture causing irritation and being forced out by my body. When I screamed and pushed him out of the way he stopped poking but I think he was a bit annoyed and thought I was overreacting. The thing is it really did hurt and, as you will know, as it is behind me I had no control and so didn't like to let him carry on in case it hurt even more. It was the sort of pain that I might have been able to stand had I been inflicting it on myself, if that makes sense. I feel a bit guilty now because I did have a bit of a moan at him at the time. I think I will appologise when I see him!
I am supposed to see him again next tuesday but am worried now because the wound is still leaking and he may decide to poke me again!