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I again asked him today if he should send the fluid for testing, but he said there isn't need to since it doesn't look like an infectious fluid and it doesn't have any puss.
You can't tell by looking at it.

I'm glad you are on an antibiotic.

Can you ask if the doctors have considered you might have a seroma?

A seroma is a collection of fluid that builds up under the surface of your skin. Seromas may develop after a surgical procedure, most often at the site of the surgical incision or where tissue was removed. The fluid, called serum, doesn’t always build up right away.
I'll ask him next week when i see him again. I don't know why he insists on not sending the fluid for testing.
 

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Consider asking him if he’ll do it for your peace of mind.
Better safe than sorry. Chances are he’s right, but what’s wrong with confirming that via the lab…I don’t understand either.:shrug:
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I just came back from the doctors office. Actually saw the surgeon today, he did another x ray. X ray looked good, but then he wanted to check out my scar. Once he saw it, he went and grabbed scissors ans pliers. He then cut open the scar without any anesthetic (ouch) it wasn't that bad i have high pain tolerance. He then proceeded to cut deep into the scar and started cleaning it. He told me that either the scar under the skin didn't close properly or it could be hematoma (pocket under the scar) he then put sterile iodoform packing gauze just like how they use it on spider bite wounds. He told me to see him in 2 days, so they can take the gauze out and put a new one in. They are also looking to see if the wound closes on its own. So far no puss no sign of infection and no temperature. He told me to continue taking the antibiotics and prescribed me a refill for it.
 
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Saw the surgeons assistant today, he took out the iodoform strips from inside the wound. He cleaned it with more iodine, and then closed it with steri strips so the wound can close on its own. Still continuing the antibiotics, and have q refill for it. Going to see him again next Tuesday. Hopefully this will be the last of it and it'll be gone forever.
 

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Hi @AviationGeek777
Hope this will be a fabulous Friday.:) :-) (:

Once he saw it, he went and grabbed scissors ans pliers. He then cut open the scar without any anesthetic (ouch) it wasn't that bad i have high pain tolerance. He then proceeded to cut deep into the scar and started cleaning it
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Hopefully this will be the last of it and it'll be gone forever
Yes, hope it heals nicely and quickly.:thumb:
 
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Saw the surgeons assistant again today. He took out the steri strips and the wound is almost fully closed/healed with a tiny hole remaining. I told him other than blood there wasn't any more fluid/discharge from the wound. No temperature, no night sweats or any sign of infection. Still taking antibiotics this time for 15 days supply and lower dosage at 500mg. He squeezed the wound to see if any discharge would ooze out, but nothing came out (thank God). Going to see him again next week and have to still keep the wound dry. The wound is scaly/dry, but he told me since the scar is thinner than normal skin it's the healing process.
 

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:) :-) (:It certainly looks better to me... glad to hear they are keeping a close eye and following up next week.
 
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Saw the surgeon's assistant on the 13th he took out the last steri strips. He told me the wound is 100% closed and healed, but I should finish the rest of the antibiotics just to be on the safe side. He gave me another appointment for next month. He told me if anything changes even slightly or gets worse to see him earlier. On the positive note I can finally shower and let the water flow on the incision site (yay) also I don't have any more pain, no drainage, only itchiness sometimes and I think that's a sign of healing process. The wound after all this, looks better than before . Hoping this was the end of it, and it never comes back. It was also good thing I didn't wait too long to see the surgeon. They told me joint fluid could get infected if it stays for too long. So glad that it all came out and looked clean and not infected. I also gave a blood test, to see if there are any infection present, it came back negative (yay). I want to thank you all for your advices, concerns, prayers, well wishes. I wish that all of us stay and remain healthy for the rest of our lives. Love and hugs to each and every one of you
 

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:egypdance:yay!
Looks good and news sounds even better....
I'm sure your nerves feel better too.:) :-) (:
Hope the rest of your week is happy and Sunny:SUNsmile:
 

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Wonderful news! Thanks for sharing the update. It’s good you acted quickly.
Wishing you smooth sailing from here on out.
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Welp, that didn't last long did it It's showing its head again it seems like. Started to itch and stinging sharp pain around where they cut it recently. I don't know if the wound under isn't healing correctly or what. It's the same pain as when they cut it open. It's inflammed and dark red around it. Could it be that I am allergic to cobalt? I know that my scar is keloid. So many questions Idk. Again no symptoms of infection. It just seems to me that something under the scar/tissue isn't properly healing. Have to see the doctor again on the 13th of this month. Let's see what they suggest. I also want to either get an MRI or ultrasound to see what's happening deep under the scar, since x ray won't show that.
 

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If the wound opens up again or is not getting better, ask to be referred to a wound specialist and an infection doctor for a complete work up and treatment for your slowly healing wound.
The fluids from you wound could look fine, but you could still have a low level infection.
 
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If the wound opens up again or is not getting better, ask to be referred to a wound specialist and an infection doctor for a complete work up and treatment for your slowly healing wound.
The fluids from you wound could look fine, but you could still have a low level infection.
I gave a blood test it came back negative for infection. But I will try to find a wound specialist and an infection doctor. If anyone can reccomend me any doctors in Glendale California or Los Angeles area for wound care specialist it will help me.
 

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There are infections that need to incubate for 2+ weeks before they grow out and can be detected.
They should be testing the fluid from your hip in addition to blood tests.
 
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There are infections that need to incubate for 2+ weeks before they grow out and can be detected.
They should be testing the fluid from your hip in addition to blood tests.
It's my hip not knee? I didn't have knee replacement. I just have to most likely see wound specialist. I have had this problem for 5 months. This month I had surgeon cut the wound open and clean it, and it seemed to be better. But now the previous symptoms are coming back.
 
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I agree with Pumpkin. You need to see an infection specialist and the best place to get a referral is from your Primary Physician. Do you have one that you can contact?
 
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Went to see the doctor on the 10th. Showed him the progression pictures of the wound (took a picture of the wound every day) he then poked it open with a needle, to check if any puss, liquid etc was collected under the scar but, only blood came out. He ruled out infection, saying it would have gotten worse during these 6 months and spread around the hip and not remained in one location. He prescribed me another round of antibiotics. I am going to get an x ray, cat scan, and an mri done soon. Hopefully the cat scan and mri would show the problem under it, that the surgeon wasn't able to see after cutting the scar open. Hoping it's just a minor issue, and that the muscle isn't healing under the scar and keeps re opening and all they need to do is open it and close it up with stitches. I still have no symptoms of infection and no pain in my hip. The wound just itches sometimes along with sharp pain. Doctors are literally clueless on what's going on. They tell me they seen these kinds of things happen, but they usually happen right after the surgery and not 2.5 years later. If the mri or cat scan show signs of anything along the lines of infection I told the surgeon I will have to see infection specialist and a wound care doctor, he agreed.
 

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I don't quite understand why your surgeon is so resistant to you seeing an infectious disease specialist now instead of waiting. When a wound keeps opening up like that, something is going on. It's not always possible to determine an infection is present just by viewing whatever is discharged from the surface of the open wound.

I would suggest you not wait too long to see an infection specialist, though, if this continues to be a problem.
 

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