It is always better to give an antibiotic cover especially in low immunity cases. However, antibiotics in turn also cause immune suppression. Hence some doctors prefer to wait and watch for infection and give antibiotics only when requiredâwhich is a good enough policy. You can ask the surgeon regarding this and clear your doubts. Hope this helps. Take care!
I am 64 and in very good health but I am in need of inguinal hernia surgery. I never use antibiotics and hope that I can have this surgery done without them. I have had a couple of teeth extracted recently without antibiotics and there was no problem. Do you think I might be able to get by without it? I would rather wait and watch if the odds are in my favor. Thank you.
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