Infection at surgical incision site??

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   Posted 4/23/2009 12:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone...I had an ileocecectomy about 5 weeks ago due to an obstruction at my TI.  Everything was going according to plan until my 3rd week when my stomach started hurting again after I ate.  I contributed this pain to my intestines just getting used to eating again and hoped that surely my crohns wasn't coming back this soon in the game. I did have some drainage during my 2nd week but the nurse told me it was normally, that it was old blood and fluid getting out of the site but then there was no pain and no red areas.  This pain has now proceeded to get much worse and is located beneath my incision scar.  There is pus coming out at the end of my scar in one little area and this is scabbed over because it never healed well due to the drainage causing the suture here to fall off.  I am more worried about the area above my belly button because there is a bulge, like a mass now, that developed really today, that is hard and now is warm.  The area is slightly red more pink but is attached and no leakage of pus or anything.  I am worried about infection under the skin or maybe a incisional hernia or something else.  It has really started to hurt badly today.  It hurts really really bad if you press on it.  I must admit, I was having some problems this past weekend with the incision down where it had pus but not where it is hurting so bad now. I did not go the MD Friday because my daughter had fieldtrip out of town and i have disappointed so much with this disease already. I am sure you can relate. Then Monday, I decided to wait till this Friday because I am due my appt with my surgeon but now I don't know if I can wait another day. This got worse so fast today.  Any suggestions?? Anybody had complications after surgery or know what could be wrong??
35 yo--Crohns since 2000, Granuloma cysts in mouth-oral surgery X2 in 2000, Fistula colon 2006, Rectovaginal Fistula 2008, 2 Ulcers Rectum, Joint pain. Kidney Stones. Dx with Migraines in 2002 and Ovarian Cysts with Endometrosis 2001.  Dx with Fibromyalgia in 2007 and IC in 2008.  Now receiving Cimzia, Topamax 300mg daily, Cymbalta 60mg daily, Prevacid 30mg, Maxalt, Vicodin as needed, Fish Oil, and Multivits   

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   Posted 4/23/2009 5:36 AM (GMT -6)   
You need to call your surgeon and explain and get an early appointment. If he won't see you go to your family doctor. An infection can get out of control very quickly if you don't get it treated. Keep us posted.

Dx'd with Crohns 1984 and polycystic kidney diease in 1996
I was in remission for 16 years, Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Asacol, folic acid, and Enalapril, Have been flaring on and off since August.
I love my life and everyday I pray that my body cooporates and allows me to do what I have planned.

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   Posted 4/23/2009 7:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a simliar experience and it was staph. Not the bad staph, but staph.

I had to take a round of flagyl and some other stuff.... worked out ok. It was one of three incisions and the other two were okay. the pus coming out is pretty much a hint you gotta deal with it!!

also once it got diagnosed they gave me an antibiotic ointment that was prescription that helped. I also rejected stiches from it, spent alot of time watching them float up' to the skin and had to take them out myself. I'll never get why i rejected stickes from one incision and not the others.

anyway, you got to go to the doc, and not listen whoever was not taking you seriously before.
It's a straight out protocol, so you can just go to your GP to deal with it.

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   Posted 4/23/2009 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I really think you need to call your surgeon right away and let him know whats going on. A infection is not something to let go. Wishing you good luck!
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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   Posted 4/23/2009 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
What everyone else your doctor right away.

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   Posted 4/23/2009 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Go Now!!!
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Folic Acid, Multivitamin, Dbl. Calcium, Probiotics, Protonix, Monthly B-12 injections.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
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   Posted 4/23/2009 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hope you already saw the surgeon! Keep us posted & good luck!
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium, Lexapro, Nulev, Glucosamine, Multi-Vitamin, Calcium Citrate, Ultracet. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, kidney stones & peri-menopausal.

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   Posted 4/24/2009 12:10 AM (GMT -6)   
You must consult your surgeon immediately. By the way, does the discharge smell like stool. At times the sutures/joint in the intestines opens up and this causes the stool to leak from the same. I had this during my second surgery (Resection). The joint had leaked and the stools had started flowing from the incisional area.

Whatever be, go to surgeon right now.
Keep us posted.
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Diagnosed UC October 1989
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005; Take Down March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
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   Posted 4/24/2009 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Hope you are doing alright and check in when you can.. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still gail
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