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Old 04-20-2005, 11:50 AM   #1
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Post-Op Wound Infection?

I went in for my four week post-operative checkup (micro-discectomy/lamin). Anyway, I have a surgical wound infection. I haven't been running a fever (that I know of) and have only had some slight discharge from the surgical site.

The neurosurgeon painted on betadine solution, and then put on a dressing with the instructions to leave it on until Friday. He is hoping that will clear it up, but I am to see him in a week, or call if it gets worse.

Have any of you experienced this? What was your outcome? I thought I was doing well besides a little numbness and tingling in part of my right foot and horrible tailbone pain when I sit for more than 20 minutes. Now I am so discouraged.


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Old 04-20-2005, 12:26 PM   #2
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Re: Post-Op Wound Infection?

Evie -

After surgery, you will most likely have funny sensations due to your nerves having been 'disturbed,' for lack of a better word. They've been jostled, and only now have been freed from any compression, so your nerves are sending some crazy signals out.

I had a laminectomy Dec. 05 and had a burning spot on my thigh for at least 3 months after surgery. It finally settled down, so you should hope for the best.

Also, your surgeon/doctor can prescribe you something like Topomax (don't accept Neurontin as a substitute) that will help the nerves out a bit.


Old 04-20-2005, 12:36 PM   #3
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Re: Post-Op Wound Infection?

whackedback - why do you say " don't accept neurontin "? Just curious.

Old 04-20-2005, 12:50 PM   #4
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Re: Post-Op Wound Infection?

Evie, don't be discouraged. What is going on isn't unusual. Hopefully, when you see the dr. next time, all signs of infection will be gone. If not, ask to be put on a course of antibiotics.

As for the tingling, that's not unusual. The nerves are just signaling their displeasure at being moved and it should settle down a little at a time.

The pain in your tailbone is something you need to address with your doctor. I don't know why you would have it now if you didn't have it prior to your surgery.

Good luck and I h ope you feel better soon.

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