Surgical incision problems?

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Has anyone had trouble healing at the incision site after ankle surgery? The staples were removed from the incision on May 23. Two days later I removed the bandages and realized the wound was infected. After getting a shot of antibiotics and taking oral antibiotics for ten days I returned to the doctor for him to check on the healing process. He told me that I need a Wound VAC. My incision is not closed and two of the screws holding my plate to my fibula are visable through the open wound. Has anyone else had this problem. I am a 56 year old woman. I have had surgeries in the past and have never had any trouble healing. I do not have diabetes. I don't smoke. Other than breaking my ankle, I am in good health. I am just having a lot of trouble with the wound healing. The fibula is healing as expected. Thanks for any insight you may have.

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    Hi

    I would advise that you get a second opinion from a ankle consultant without any further delay even if you have to pay a fee ( approx £150 )

    Regards

    Mr Ankle

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    hello and yes that very thing happened to me. It delayed my healing and I had a wound doctor visit me every other day changing my bandages. It had to heal from inside out. This happened Nov 2017. I have swelling and pain. I cant stand my shoe to rub against the wound. I'm afraid to get hardware removed.

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    Hello

    I'm so sorry you are going thru this. You have a infection that requires, the only way to get rid of. Is a IV which you have to be

    admitted to the hosiptal to have done. Because the dose has to be perfect, for the medicine to work. And that takes time to fine the correct dose. A wound vac is not the cure. I had infection after my surgery in the wounds, and had to go back in the hospital for treatment for 21 days. This infection is very painful too. And your wound cannot close, until all the infection is clear. I hope this can be of help to you. You have my best!!! Veronica

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    hi. it may not be the same prob.em i had but i am just going to mention it anyway. my incision became infected several times after the staples were removed. i finally saw a wound specialist and they gave me antibiotics and had me use compression stockings. 6 months battling with it and it finally healed. compression was the secret for me. the swelling kept putting pressure on the wound so it wouldnt heal until i took the pressure off. good luck

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    I do not have back pain because of the ankle but 2 years later and it still swells if I walk much. Sandals do not work for me anymore either. my ankle swells almost immediately when I wear them. steps are still difficult. I am happy to be up and moving though. I do not have pain in it so I am happy. my foot is 60% numb too from the surgery.

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