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Old 10-21-2011, 06:35 PM
 
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I got an abcess on my foot, they called it "cellulitous", but I let it go for about 7-8 days, until I could not get out of bed, and then asked to go to the hospital. Once there they opened it up and squeezed out what they could. The next day the orthopedic surgeon put me under and did a 4-5 hour long surgery.I spent 5 days in intensive care!!!My tendon and bone are exposed. When I was discharged I was not given ANY directions on how to take care of it once I was home, or told how long to wait before leaving the wound covered with just a bandaid, instead of gauze, packing and ace bandage. I was given NO directions on at home care. Just given a 14 day supply of antibiotics. I was sent home with no cruches or anything.
I started soaking my foot in Epsom salt for 20-30 minutes a night and it has healed nicely. Almost half healed, Does anyone have any suggestions on when to start just putting antibiotic oinment on it and a bandage? Or any suggestions for that matter?
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Old 10-21-2011, 07:19 PM
 
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Yeah. Call your surgeon.

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Old 10-21-2011, 07:25 PM
 
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I got an abcess on my foot, they called it "cellulitous", but I let it go for about 7-8 days, until I could not get out of bed, and then asked to go to the hospital. Once there they opened it up and squeezed out what they could. The next day the orthopedic surgeon put me under and did a 4-5 hour long surgery.I spent 5 days in intensive care!!!My tendon and bone are exposed. When I was discharged I was not given ANY directions on how to take care of it once I was home, or told how long to wait before leaving the wound covered with just a bandaid, instead of gauze, packing and ace bandage. I was given NO directions on at home care. Just given a 14 day supply of antibiotics. I was sent home with no cruches or anything.
I started soaking my foot in Epsom salt for 20-30 minutes a night and it has healed nicely. Almost half healed, Does anyone have any suggestions on when to start just putting antibiotic oinment on it and a bandage? Or any suggestions for that matter?
I would send you a direct message if I could.

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Old 10-21-2011, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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I got an abcess on my foot, they called it "cellulitous", but I let it go for about 7-8 days, until I could not get out of bed, and then asked to go to the hospital. Once there they opened it up and squeezed out what they could. The next day the orthopedic surgeon put me under and did a 4-5 hour long surgery.I spent 5 days in intensive care!!!My tendon and bone are exposed. When I was discharged I was not given ANY directions on how to take care of it once I was home, or told how long to wait before leaving the wound covered with just a bandaid, instead of gauze, packing and ace bandage. I was given NO directions on at home care. Just given a 14 day supply of antibiotics. I was sent home with no cruches or anything.
I started soaking my foot in Epsom salt for 20-30 minutes a night and it has healed nicely. Almost half healed, Does anyone have any suggestions on when to start just putting antibiotic oinment on it and a bandage? Or any suggestions for that matter?

Did you watch them take care of it while you were in the hospital? Maybe they figured you had seen what the nursing staff did and knew what to do.

I find it difficult to believe that you were discharged from the hospital with tendon and bone exposed and not given any wound care directions. Did you read all the paperwork you were given? If you were not sure what to do, why didn't you ask?

I agree with SouthernBelle. Call your doctor.

Are you diabetic? If so, have you been told how to take better care of your feet? This is how diabetics end up with amputations.
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:24 PM
 
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Yeah, you should look at the paperwork they gave you in the hospital. If it is not obvious from that, you should call the surgeon's office to find out. You don't want to be soaking in Epsom's salt and doing your own thing for something that serious (ICU, operating room visit, etc). Usually they want you to follow up with the surgeon soon after leaving the hospital for something like that. Check your discharge paperwork. Problems following through with instructions or misunderstanding (or lack of instructions) after a hospitalization are often the reason for re-admission to the hospital and complications.
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Old 10-22-2011, 02:10 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Usually on the discharge paperwork it will say who to follow up with, and when.
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Old 10-23-2011, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Wow .... the fact that they didn't give you any post-op instructions is outrageous.
If you're adamant about taking care of this yourself (which may or may not be wise ... most likely not wise) then i recommend Betadine.
Hot compresses of Betadine can work wonders.
Get a bottle of pure Betadine solution at the pharmacy.
It's quite inexpensive.
In a bowl, mix the Betadine with hot water (as hot as your skin will tolerate) and let the washcloth absorb the solution and hold that on the wound for 10 minutes and do that 3 times a day.
As the washcloth cools off re-soak it in the Betadine / water.
Keep the bowl covered so the liquid stays hot.

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Old 10-23-2011, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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cellulitous is a very dangerous condition - you can lose your life or a limb from it - the fact they gave you no instructions on after care tells me next time go to another hopsital and surgeon - that surgeon should lose his license and that hospital should lose its accreditation
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Old 10-23-2011, 12:08 PM
 
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We are only hearing one side of the story. Maybe the OP was too groggy from meds to remember correctly. In any case, no hospital would omit care instructions from the discharge paperwork.

Betadine is fine unless you are allergic to iodine.
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Old 10-23-2011, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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We are only hearing one side of the story. Maybe the OP was too groggy from meds to remember correctly. In any case, no hospital would omit care instructions from the discharge paperwork.

Betadine is fine unless you are allergic to iodine.
How does one know if one is allergic to it?
Is it just a skin allergy that is quickly detected?
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