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SURGICAL SITE INFECTION
Surgical Site Infection is an infection that occurs at the site of surgery. Surgical Site Infection can be superficial, which involve the skin only. Other Surgical Site Infections are more complicated because they involve internal tissues and organs. Surgical Site Infection must be treated immediately to prevent any life threatening complication. Symptoms of Surgical Site Infection are:
• Pain in the operated area
• Pus on the skin covering the incision
• Red, swollen or painful wound
• Red streaks emerging from wound
• Bad odor
HOW IS SURGICAL SITE INFECTION DIAGNOSED?
General surgeon may examine the surgery area and also your symptoms of pain or swelling. The doctor may determine the cause of an internal infection through a scan or X-ray. For superficial infections, the surrounding skin or fluid draining out may be examined microscopically to determine infection cause.
HOW IS SURGICAL SITE INFECTION TREATED?
In most cases antibiotics are used to treat Surgical Site Infection. Invasive surgical treatment may involve reopening of wound and cleaning it. If the implanted device is causing infection, then that needs to be cleaned.
DID YOU KNOW?
Surgical Site Infection typically occurs within 30 days after surgery.