Surgical Site Infections (SSI)

Surgical Site Infections
Surgical site infections (SSI) are a relatively common complication associated with surgery. We know surgery is stressful and dealing with an infection after only adds to that stress. Texas Infectious Disease Institute is ready to help ease that stress with leading treatment options of many kinds of infections.

At Texas Infectious Disease Institute, we combine a number of methods to provide some of the most effective non-surgical treatment options available. Dr Lartchenko’s expertise allows us to offer you specialized antibiotic treatments, which are more complex than what you recieve at a primary care practice. In our infusion suite, you can receive your carefully chosen antibiotics in comfort. Dr. Lartchenko is an expert in dosing antibiotics and will give you a combination of different treatments built around the specific bacteria causing your infection.

If not dealt with effectively, SSIs can lead to more surgeries or further complications. It is important to keep in contact with your doctors if you believe a surgical site infection may be developing.


What Can Help Prevent Surgical Site Infection?

It’s often not possible to prevent certain SSIs that happen during surgery. That said, most surgical site infections occur once the patient leaves the hospital. Follow your doctor’s instructions for proper wound care to lower your risk of infection. If your surgery has a high risk of infection, talk to your doctor about pre-surgery antibiotics. Texas Infectious Disease Institute can provide you with a dosage of antibiotics before your surgery to help reduce your risk.

There are a number of factors that increase your likelihood of contracting a surgical site infection. Below are a list of factors that make infections more likely:

  • Surgery lasting greater than two hours
  • A weakened immune system
  • Smoking
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Age
  • Emergency surgery

After any surgery watch for the following symptoms to help catch infections before they progress. You should seek treatment from an infectious disease specialist if you notice any of the following:

  • Redness or pain around the surgery location
  • Cloudy fluid draining from surgical site
  • Localized heat at the incision site
  • Fatigue
  • Fever


What Are the Options for Surgical Site Infection Treatment?

As with any infection, there are a number of treatment options that will differ based on the severity of your infection and your lifestyle. Some surgical site infections can be treated with simple antibiotics, while others will require additional surgery to help resolve. Dr. Lartchenko specializes in advanced non-surgical treatment options that have helped prevent additional surgeries for patients with SSIs.

We are committed to providing treatment options that let you avoid additional surgeries. If you suffer from an SSI, let us show you what makes Texas Infectious Disease Institute different. Schedule an appointment now.

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