troubles with largest incision

on 11/7/17 4:15 pm
RNY on 09/06/17

Hi all-

Still have issues with my largest incision healing. My surgeon says it's because I am having trouble with it healing because of me being diabetic. I have had issues since my second or third week post op. I have had it opened up to let it drain. I have had a drain put in. The drain was working and taken out when it stopped draining. The drain was taken out and it was starting to heal and then infection got worse. Today my surgeon decided to open incision and make another incision and cleaned them then packed them. A nurse will start coming tomorrow to my house to change packing and bandages. My sugars are doing good so it's not that. I am eating properly and getting my protein in. Has anyone who is diabetic or not had this issue?

on 11/7/17 5:41 pm

A week after surgery they took me off all my diabetic medications, my blood sugars have been running 90 to 130 and my next a1c will be drawn in December. A1c before surgery was 6.3. All of my incisions have healed with no problems and I was considered diabetic for 6 almost 7 years

Highest weight: 265, surgery weight: 245, surgery date: 9/11/17 RNY m1: - 26 m2: - 14

on 11/8/17 2:20 pm
RNY on 09/06/17

I barely needed insulin after surgery. I currently take 10 to 20 units at meals if my sugar is high enough. My last A1C was 5.5 today I had my blood drawn and see my endocronolgist Friday. The highest I have seen my sugar since surgery was 144. All of my other incisions healed with no problem except the largest incision.

White Dove
on 11/8/17 4:32 am

My husband, who was not diabetic, had a staph infection after a surgery. It took almost three months of packing the wound before it healed completely. The surgeon who operated on him had six patients that day in that operating room and all of them ended up with staph infections.

Something happened that caused that germ to invade those patients that day. Someone or something was not clean enough.

Diabetes causes slow healing but did not cause the infection.

Work with the nurse and follow all instructions to keep things as sterile as possible while this is healing.

Real life begins where your comfort zone ends

on 11/8/17 2:16 pm
RNY on 09/06/17

The visiting nurse came today and my insurance covers unlimited visits. The nurse will come everyday. Glad because it worried me about trying to change the packing myself. Sorry to hear of your husbands Staph infection he dealt with.

on 11/8/17 4:05 pm
RNY on 10/30/17

No I've not heard of that happening as one of the side effects but it makes sense. It's an open wound and one that's in a place that rubs and gets exposed to germs.

I'm glad you have specific would care now. Hopefully you'll heal soon.

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