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Skin irritation with bandages

Ok folk have a quick question here. Im just under 5 weeks out from having 2 levels done with the coflex implants. I'm still bleeding and draining from the incision enough that I have to change out the bandage once or twice a day and if the incision opens up from swelling or what not more then that. Because of this my skin is raw to the point of bleeding and getting blisters from the adhesive. Anyone have any tips on how to help this because it doesn't look it's gonna stop any time soon and it was very swollen again tonight and incision was all closed up for the most part so I'm waiting for it to open again and I don't know how much more my skin will take before it starts ripping off in layers with the bandages


  • Is your surgeon aware that your incision continues to drain and reopen? If he is or not , you need to be seen and have that drainage checked to ensure there is no infection. A surgical incision should not continue to open and drain at 5 weeks.

  • O yes I have let them know repeatedly and he keeps saying it's normal. I did have a staph infection but the took fluid off my back Al little over 2 weeks ago and sent it off and said it was clear but could of been a false negative because I was on 4000 mg of keflex a day at that time. At this point I don't know who or what to believe with this because this is my 6th surgery and up tell now have never had a issue healing endless it was of my own doing being stupid and doing something I shouldn't. I can't go back to work even though he has released me back to light duty because they know I'm still draining and bleeding and they don't want the risk of something happening while I'm at work and the incision opening up while I'm there. I'm kinda stuck between a rock and a hard place here. I should also add what is coming out into my bandage daily is a mix of clear to yellowish green liquid dark to black colored blood,I'm assuming it's old blood and fresh red colored blood. It seems that the incision will all but close up then the fluid builds up until it tears a opening again and starts to bleed like mad for a few days this usually happens if I move wrong or lay flat on my back at night sometimes just on its own
  • Did they know that you were on Keflex at the time they tested? It seems to me that you need a reculture done and pretty darn fast. If you can't get in to see your surgeon, then get yourself to your primary or a wound care specialist, even the ER if this has been going on for over 5 weeks. It is not normal.

  • They do the surgeon was the one to put me on the keflex. I have been to the er 3 times in this time also tried to see my primary and get into the wound center all will not see me or send me home saying see you surgeon. It's like I'm chasing my my tail here honestly. The dr is this area which is a very rural are say they won't touch me due to lack of knowledge and the fact it's surgical. This is why I had surgery 5 hrs away in Colorado. I will also add my wife changed the bandage on my back last night and the top of the incision which had been closed had split wide open about a inch long and is deep enough that she could see the outline of bone through the muscles. She took pictures and sent them via test to the Dr who gave us him on call cell number but have yet to get a reply and I don't wanna go to the er again just to sit for hrs and be told we can't help see your surgeon hope you get better bye
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