I really can't complain much about my recovery from single-level ACDF. It's been really smooth.
But this weekend I noticed my incision was getting a little red. I didn't think much of it and was going to wait til my next scheduled appointment, which is in only two days. My mom convinced me to e-mail a picture of it to my surgeon's PA. I did and she called me immediately. She said neck skin is thinner than other skin and mine, in particular, is even thinner than the norm. (Not the first time I have been told I'm thin-skinned! Ha!) She said it looks like the internal stitches are working themselves out and causing an infection, which is concerning. Even though tomorrow is her day off (Columbus Day), she is coming in. She said she will have to remove at least one of the internal stitches and might have to re-open the whole incision, remove all the internal stitches and irrigate the wound. Also she prescribed antibiotics for me to start taking immediately.
Anybody else have this done? How big a deal is it and how painful is it if I have to have it re-opened and irrigated?
C5/6 herniation, type 2 diabetes, generalized anxiety disorder