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Swollen ankle after surgery on the foot. Yellowish fluid discharge with itching. Need a restitching?

I had surgery on my foot on the 31st January, and went to have the stitches removed yesterday, the foot was very swollen and they had to dig the stitches out, the wound is still very open and weeping a yellowish fluid, steri strips were put on and I was told to keep the foot elevated and to come back on Monday for them to check the would, it is still very swollen today, feeling very tight and the skin itchy and is still weeping, what happens if the wound wont close, will they have to restitch?
Asked On : Mon, 18 Feb 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

It is very obvious from the description that your wound is infected.

Generally, a broad spectrum antibiotic or an antibiotic based on the culture sensitivity of the discharging fluid is to be used for appropriate period of time.

Regular dressings of the wound should be carried out till it heals. Resuturing (restitching) should never be done in any suspected wound infection. Try to keep the limb elevated most of the times to reduce the swelling.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Sat, 17 Aug 2013
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Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon Dr. K. Raghu's  Response
it depends on the surgery u r done,wound wise there could be infection ,discharge has to be sent for culture sensitivity ,furthter management depends on the reason why surgery was done for foot
Answered: Mon, 19 Aug 2013
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