Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Post Operative Wound Complications Symptoms

Symptoms of a post operative wound complications vary with the type of complication.

Common types of post operative wound complications include:


Symptoms of an allergic reaction around a post operative wound include:

Symptoms of post operative wound dehiscence include:
  • Failure of the staples or stitches
  • Separation of the wound edges
  • Wound swelling
  • Fluid draining from the wound
  • Tissue protruding from the wound

Symptoms of a post operative wound hematoma include:
  • Swollen lump under the skin near the wound
  • Persistent bleeding from the wound
  • Blood clots drain from the wound

Symptoms of a post operative wound infection include:

Post Operative Wound Complications Allergic Reaction

Symptoms of an allergic reaction around a post operative wound include:

Post Operative Wound Complications Dehiscence

Symptoms of post operative wound dehiscence include:

  • Failure of the staples or stitches
  • Separation of the wound edges
  • Wound swelling
  • Fluid draining from the wound
  • Tissue protruding from the wound

Post Operative Wound Complications Hematoma

Symptoms of a post operative wound hematoma include:

  • Swollen lump under the skin near the wound
  • Persistent bleeding from the wound
  • Blood clots drain from the wound

Post Operative Wound Complications Infection

Symptoms of a post operative wound infection include:

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Last Updated: May 3, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Post Operative Wound Complications References
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  2. Beiner JM, Grauer J, Kwon BK, Vaccaro AR. Postoperative wound infections of the spine. Neurosurg Focus. 2003 Sep 15;15(3):E14. [15347232]
  3. Picada R, Winter RB, Lonstein JE, Denis F, Pinto MR, Smith MD, Perra JH. Postoperative deep wound infection in adults after posterior lumbosacral spine fusion with instrumentation: incidence and management. J Spinal Disord. 2000 Feb;13(1):42-5. [10710149]
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