Surgical Site Infections (SSI)

Surgical Site Infections

What is a Surgical Site Infection?

A surgical site infection (SSI) is an infection that develops after surgery in the part of the body where the surgery took place. Surgical site infections can sometimes be superficial, involving the skin only. While other surgical site infections are more serious and can involve tissues under the skin, organs or implanted material.

What Causes a Surgical Site Infection?

SSIs are a relatively common complication associated with surgery. An SSI may develop up to 30 days after surgery but more often occurs within five to ten days. They can affect either closed wounds or wounds that were left open to heal.

We know surgery is stressful. Dealing with an infection afterward only adds to that stress. Texas Infectious Disease Institute can help ease that stress with leading treatment options for many kinds of infections.

How are Surgical Site Infections Treated?

At Texas Infectious Disease Institute, we combine a number of methods to provide effective non-surgical treatment options. Dr. Lartchenko’s expertise allows us to offer you specialized antibiotic treatments. These treatments are more complex than what you receive 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.

As with any infection, treatment will differ based on the severity of your infection. Some surgical site infections are treated with simple antibiotics, while others 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.

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 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 is a list of factors that make infections more likely:

  • Surgery lasting more 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
  • Heat at the incision site
  • Fatigue
  • Fever

If you have a surgical site infection or suspect you do, we can help. Schedule an appointment now.

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