Doing everything right to prepare yourself for a surgery, such as eating healthy, getting plenty of rest, and the cessation of smoking cigarettes, will increase your odds of success. However, post surgical wounds also need a great deal of attention. Approximately 5% of people experience a surgical site infection (SSI) following a procedure.
They are discovering that there are factors that contribute to the incidence of infection following surgery. The following list from the Journal of the American Medical Association provides the top contributing factors in postoperative infections:
Postoperative Infections | Surgery | JAMA | The JAMA Network
- Older age
- Emergency operations
- Obvious contamination (with debris, pus, stool, or other substances) of the injury or the surgical area
Read the full post here: Postoperative Infections | Surgery | JAMA | The JAMA Network
There are other factors that are critical to stopping SSI from happening. The surgical tools that are used have to be disinfected using a neutral pH detergent solution to provide the best compatibility and good dirt and bacteria removal. Everything in the surgical room has to be sterilized to prevent the potential for contamination.
One aspect that has been discovered to assist in preventing infection risk following surgery is using antimicrobial sutures. The next video outlines the fact that due to lower infection rates, using the Triclosan treated sutures actually bring down the overall medical costs:
With cosmetic surgery, obviously the same high risk factors apply that were mentioned above concerning infection following surgery. Factors such as diabetes that can weaken the immune system and reduce blood flow to the body are definitely a post surgical worry. Some other concerns following a cosmetic surgery are:
- Nerve Damage
- Blood Clots
- Pulmonary Embolism
This post reviews a thorough study that was done on post-surgery infection and its results:
Certain Risk Factors Linked to Post-Surgery Infection – Plastic Surgery Practice
Data from more than 129,000 patients undergoing 24 different aesthetic surgeries from 2008 to 2013 at a variety of plastic surgery practices across the United States was analyzed for the research, recently published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. The investigators used a database from CosmetAssure, an insurance program that covers the cost of unexpected major complications from cosmetic surgery performed by board-certified or board-eligible plastic surgeons.
The overall incidence of major complications following aesthetic procedures was shown to be very low; out of the cases analyzed, only 0.46 percent, or 599 patients, developed a major postoperative surgical site infection.
Other tips for healing quicker following surgery are to elevate the wound above your heart, avoid itching the wound area or pulling on stitches or tape, keep skin adhesive out of direct sunlight, and if you have bleeding, use a clean cloth to apply pressure. If it doesn’t stop bleeding, you need to call your doctor right away.