why did my cardiologist look at my incision and say it was fine? At my CT and say there was no infection? The cardiologist is not a specialist on your surgical wound. This is the surgeon's area of expertise. It was made clear to me by the cardio and surgeon that the surgeon had the ball until I was released. The cardio was a consultant. After release by the surgeon, then the cardio was in charge.Well, he took one look at it (over zoom) and said it’s infected.
As if this wasn’t bad enough, his next sentence was that it was infected because of the sternal wire, and I need surgery to remove one or two of them.
When I questioned him he admitted oral antibiotics could possibly heal it.
SoI’m on Keflex for a month.
So many questions - why did my cardiologist look at my incision and say it was fine? At my CT and say there was no infection? My surgeon’s office has had my CT for an entire month, and never said a thing.
What is the likelihood the infection will go away without another surgery? Is there anything else I can do to help my immune system beat it? Does anyone have any research about this? I’m having trouble finding anything. The surgeon had no information about anything non-surgical-related.
Any search of ‘superficial sternal wound infection’ brings up way worse photos I can’t handle looking at right now.
Thanks for the update Amy. Sorry, I can't help here, as I don't have any experience with infections. Hopefully, if there was an infection, the antibiotic cleared it up.For those who had an infection, were there any other symptoms besides wound opening / drainage, and redness (and fever or chills) that, looking back, you now see was a sign?