I am 42yrs. old and just had my second surgery on my left leg. My artery was clogged. 1st. they tried stints and clearing it out with a laser. Lasted 2 days. Next the Dr. went and cut my leg from ankle to groin and found my artery and a good vein and fused those two together to detour the problem area. Since then my leg feels much better except the surgery left some skin issues, needless to say infection set in and then I had #2 surgery which is when he placed a drain in my leg and my leg started healing quickly. Now while thinking the worst is over I have one area that wasn't healed but the top skin layer grew over top of wound it was fine for maybe two weeks but yesterday I showed my Dr./Surgeon this spot and my concerns. He told me I am and will continue getting much better. The ultrasound didn't show that area well or at all because of so much swelling but otherwise every thing is working the way he had wanted it to. So I was at ease until bed time and the pain kept getting worse all night long. This morning I got up and noticed my pj's were wet over that problem area, which is ok I exspect seepage but this time it was also kind of sticky too. So I investigated it and wouldn't you know it that very spot when I touched it that very same liquid that my drain was collecting come squirting out. Talk about freak me out. And made me very angry. I called the Dr. immediately and they told me that was normal. They did not consult the Dr. for his opinion nor were they going to bother him about it either. What do I do?
Without a first hand examination of the wound it is not possible to know if it just normal soakage associated with the surgery. Presence of issues like pain, tenderness, redness, foul smell and yellowish discharge will be indicators of a secondary bacterial infection. In such situation treatment with antibiotics and supportive medications as well as drainage of excess secretions or pus would also be needed.
You might immediately consult your treating doctor for a examination and seek appropriate advice.
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