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Clear fluid oozing through surgical area post years of knee joint fracture. No improvement with medicines. Suggestion?

I had a knee joint fracture about 10 years back,two screws were implanted,now there is a clear fluid coming out from the surgical area, the orthopeadic has told me to remove the metal implant shortly, he had prescribe ciplox 500mg tablets twice a day for 12 days and to apply T-bact cream over the area, after the prescribed dose the fluid effusion had come down but agin started after a few days, now i am experiencing skin bruises on other parts of the body, please advice...i have still not got the implant removed.
Asked On : Thu, 27 Dec 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM. As your fracture has been fixed with "only screws" (without any plate) , it indicates that the fracture is a simple one. Generally, screws should be removed within 6 months to one year post operatively.
Serous discharge from the wound site after 10 years of surgery is very unlikely. Probably, it could be due to mild infection or a simple metal reaction. In any case, the implants have to be removed. If the discharge is still coming even after screw removal, you need thorough evaluation. Hope this helps
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