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E.coli on skin, lesion formed, no infection. Taking antibiotics. Surgery required for removal?

HI I am a 43 year old man with what I have been told e.coli on my skin. It has caused an area with a lesion . The doctor hs put me on strong antibiotics . The doctor says everything is going in the right direction (no infection and swelling reduced) but now says that area on my skin might have to be removed. Is this possible that the skin was killed or eaten away?
Asked On : Tue, 15 Jan 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Dec 2012

Thank you for posting,
Using the term surgery might make it sound like a big procedure but it will probably be a small procedure called surgical debridement ( removal of death necrotic cells or tissues). It is possible that the E. coli skin infection has complicated and caused tissues that are infected to die and that will require the doctor to remove them for proper healing.
You should not be worried as it is not an invasive procedure and can be done in an out patient unit. You might be back the same day and only return for dressing and evaluation of the wound.

Hope this helps
Dr Nsah
Answered: Wed, 16 Jan 2013
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