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Incisions won't heal

j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,745
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I go back to see the surgeon tomorrow. It was supposed to be just to take the staple out of one incision. The other had the new glue. And for some reason the third was small and had stitches. But 2 won't close up all of the way and are leaking, and red, they look fresh and infected. So I don't know what will be done.
The scs rep. Was supposed to program my new scs. But I have so many different pains coming from those places and the XLIF fusion I had in Jan. That I'm not sure that would be a good idea.
I'm having to many problems on things that were supposed to be simple compared to all of the other surgeries I've had. When it comes to surgery, I guess nothing is simple. Oh well, I'll find out tomorrow. I need some good news for a change. I'm getting real bitchy X( . And depressed :| .
Jim
Click my name to see my Medical history
You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
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  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,778
    Fine kettle of fish! I am so sorry that you are having these new and "exciting" issues.

    You would think by now they would have found the single best way to close a wound. I never did like the "super glue" you shut idea but it seemed to work fine on both of my anterior incisions ... they used the old staple gun on my posterior ... and plain old disolvable stiches on my hip incision.

    Do they have you on antibiotics as a precationary measure??

    Start writing your list of questions for them so that you are prepared for tomorrow ... Is it possible for guys to be bitchy? I thought we only got crabby or were axx-holes. I guess we'll let the ladies answer that one.

    Regards and shared concern,

    D
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,745
    D, They had me on them twice before the surgery and once after. Maybe the third time will be a charm? I hate the word axxhole unless I'm using it! image:)" alt=">:)" height="20" /> And I save it for special occasions and special people! }:) My wife has been calling me bitchie, cause she can't use the other word without causing world war 3! :*
    Jim
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
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  • So sorry to hear that you are having incision problems too.
    It sounds like they were doing a research project on the best way to close an incision on you
    Which was the most effective method?

    Just today, I have been told that my incision is healing at last! :-)
    the infection has gone, the unhealed bit is now shorter and it has a scab.
    There is hope that I will be able to get rid of this dressing.
    About time! I will be 6 weeks post op tomorrow!!

    I hope they get yours under control soon and that things will heal and you can get your scs programmed so it can start doing it's job.

    These after surgery problems are a pain in the ---- (fill in the appropriate answer)
  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,778
    These days docs just love using "Broad spectrum" antibiotics. Maybe for your list tomorrow you could ask - insist that they actually do a culture with antibiotic sensitivity testing. That way they will actually know that the antibiotic they are putting you own will be effective against the pathogen that may be present.

    I used to grow those in an incubator when I was a P.A. back in the "dark ages" of medicine. I seem to remember decanting (pouring out) radioactive isotopes and serum - blood right down the old drain back then also. Long before gloves were used for blood draws.

    Funny the things I can remember - I can't remember what I had for lunch yesterday!

    Demand agressive treatment - we don't need no stinkin MRSA.

    Regards,

    D
  • I agree with Metalneck...I would want a sensitivity on the culture of the wound, so to make sure you are on the appropriate antibiotic.

    Also, my hospital is doing nasal swabs for MRSA one week before having a fusion. If you test positive, then you get an antibiotic onitment nasally that should prevent a wound infection for the immediate postop period. My swab was overlooked on my preop testing, and had to demand that it be done before my surgery.

    Lisa
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  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,745
    for all of the input everyone. Jelly, the good old fashion stitches worked best! The Dr. office called this afternoon and said the surgeon would be leaving early. So would I like to come in 1 hr earlier or see the P.A......that was a no brainer!
    Jim
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • I swear,ya'll need to come to Texas,sit on the back porch with me and hubby,drink margaritas,watch the sunset,and watch the donkeys and goats play.I am so sorry!
  • I want to watch the donkeys and goats !! and the margaritas don't sound half bad.....
  • Jeannie,
    I'll be on the next flight
    See you soon :-)
  • Of course!!!!!Everyone is invited!!!!!We will start early afternoon,so we can sit in the sun and warm our spiney bones and joints.At dusk we will have a campfire and roast hotdogs and make smores!!!!!
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