Surgical Site Infections Specialist

Birmingham ID & Infusion

Infectious Diseases Specialists & Infusion Center located in Birmingham, AL

Birmingham ID & Infusion promotes meticulous wound care after surgery to avoid surgical site infections, especially in more infection-prone populations. The detail-oriented practitioners at this Birmingham, Alabama practice will work closely with you before and after your surgery to ensure that you avoid an infection around the surgical site. Call Birmingham ID & Infusion to schedule your first appointment with the caring team and ask any questions you have before or after your surgery.

Surgical Site Infections Q & A

What is a surgical site infection?

When you have surgery, it’s imperative to keep the wound area clean and free of any germs. Check the surgical site consistently for any signs of redness, swelling, pain, pus, or unusual hotness in the month after your surgery.

If you experience any symptoms with or without a fever, schedule an appointment with your doctor to see if you may have an infection.

Who is at risk for surgical site infections?

Everyone who has had surgery may be at risk for surgical site infections. However, certain people may have a higher chance of developing infections, including people who have:

  • Undergone major surgery
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • A compromised immune system
  • A BMI that is considered overweight or obese
  • A history of prior or current smoking
  • Certain prescription medications

If you identify with any of these categories, it’s especially important to take immaculate care of the surgical wound and to follow any instructions from your doctor thoroughly.

If you have questions about any care techniques, such as how to apply a prescription antibiotic cream, call your doctor’s office to receive detailed instructions.

How can I prevent surgical site infections?

After your surgery, keep the surgical wound clean with regular washing and use any prescribed antibiotic medications. If a caretaker or health provider helps you with the wound care, make sure they wash their hands thoroughly and use gloves when touching the affected area.

Follow instructions from your doctor to incorporate any medications or cleansers into your hygiene regimen until the wound fully heals.

What are the treatment options for a surgical site infection?

Depending on the type of surgical site infection, your doctor may recommend different treatments. Often, superficial infections are treatable with prescription medication. However, deeper infections that may reside in organs, muscle, or tissue could require more intensive treatment, including further procedures.

It’s best to avoid surgical site infections when possible. If you have recently undergone surgery, talk to your doctor about how you can take preventive steps to avoid infections. Practitioners at Birmingham Infectious Diseases & Infusion promote sterile wound care and are trained to identify and recommend treatment for surgical site infections.

Call Birmingham ID & Infusion today for your first consultation with the highly trained, detail-oriented practitioners.