Infected knee

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Hello everyone im new to this forum, ive just got home from the hospital last night. I had a total knee replacement on monday morning, and im happy to be home. Im doin my excercises and walked about a little , i have my dressing on, but its weepin a bit so im wonderin if i have an infection. Has anyone else had this x

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    Hi welcome,

    Did the hospital check your dress I g this morning before your discharge? I personally never had it but as you will find out not one of us are the same we all heal at different times, but I have found this forum really helpful .

    If you are worried give the ward a call.

    Best wishes please let me know how it goes. Remember exercises,ice anf rest all really help

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    Hi I can probably help you here I worked on a vascular ward for 6 years so I know a bit about wounds. First question when you say it's weeping is it a constant ooze or is your dressing just soiled a bit? Is the dressing dry now where it has been weeping? If it is leave it it's fine. What colour is the exudate that's weeping. It's normal to be blood stained or clear in colour if it's yellow there is a chance it could be infected. Other signs of infection are swelling ( which you're going to get anyway) pain again you're going to expect this anyway. Now the important factor is redness around the wound if it's red and hot to touch and it's spreading further away from the wound there is a good chance you have an infection and you need to seek medical help ASAP. If you have redness around the wound draw a line where the redness ends and if the redness continues to go past this point it means it's getting worse. Hope this helps. If I could see it in person I would be able to tell you straight away X 

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    If it smells bad, is a purulent color ie. Yelow/brown, accompanied with increase pink/red color and swelling then your doc needs to look at it.  It could be a staple that is pulling and causing a little drainage. If you don't have the above signs then scant drainage shouldn't be a biggie. Keep close eye on it! Good luck! 

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    Hi there. If only a little, possibly nothing to worry about, but as Deb advised, ring the ward. You will find this forum a life saver, friends anytime when you need them and all in the same boat. Post any concerns and you will get replies with advice. I learnt very quickly not to compare my self to others, we all heal differently, but most of all don't be pushed into anything you aren't ready for. Good luck. Sue x

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    Hi Sue welcome to the forum I'm still quite new too and I have found this forum a God send I would however call the hospital ward if you are concerned best of luck

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    Hi, my dressing had a big black patch on it and I was dreading to see my knee when the dressing came off the day I got my staples out. I thought it was drenched with blood. Went to see nurse on the day and it was clean as anything. So, don't know what that was. If you're worried, like everyone else said, phone the ward and ask

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