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Pus with blood coming out of belly button. Gall bladder removed. No pain. Is there an infection?

Had gallbladder surgery 11 days ago. Three days ago, yellow pinkish puss is leaking from my belly button. Have been changing my bandages several times a day to keep it clean. I an not in any pain, the redness around the bellybutton is not getting any bigger. How concerned and worried should I be as will this pass with time. My most concerned situation is infection. I am seeing my surgeon on May 7th for my followup.
Asked On : Tue, 23 Apr 2013
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Thank you for the query.

This leakage is most likely caused by wound infection indeed. It may be caused by bacteria presence, irritation due to stitches presence, lost stone in the wound. The fluid can also appear due to incomplete abdominal cavity closure, or presence a part of perineum in the wound region.
I suggest you to visit your surgeon sooner. It is because infection may spread to the surrounding tissues, the infection can cause poor tissues healing and result with hernia in this area.

The wound needs to be checked by surgeon, drained if necessary. Antibiotics might be necessary as well.

Hope this will help.
Answered: Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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