• packing

    Asked by jojosmom on Tuesday, May 7, 2013


    i'm having problems getting my open incision packed. i had surgery 4-9 for a staph infection inside my breast. had the final drain removed friday and am supposed to be packing it twice a day. I can't hardly get the packing inside very far, they want me to use 18" of the packing. I dont have anyone to help me and its difficult to do. any ideas ?

    1 Answer from the Community

    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Hi jojosmom,

      I think we've chatted before, but if not, I'm Aliza, a BC patient and the site's unofficial resident Librarian. I also used to be married to an M.D. (something I'm not bragging about but sometimes helps people feel more comfortable when I offer advice). Med. Librarians generally don't give medical advice, with good reason-it's actually illegal for us to do that-it's practicing medicine without a license. I'm on the site in my professional capacity because there are other things I can do that I think might be more helpful than what I could offer if I were perhaps another patient without my training. (You don't need those things now).

      So what I'm going to tell you is simple, call your Breast Surgeon (or plastic surgeon [whoever did this surgery to drain the staph infection]) and ask them (or the covering Surgical Fellow) what to do with your limitations. It may be as simple as following some instructions or if you're having a great deal of pain or fever it may involve you going in to the Urgent Care Center of your treating hospital for them to have a look (or admit you [I have no way of knowing or diagnosing anything]). If they suggest you come down to the hospital, don't drive down yourself if you're taking any kind of narcotic painkillers. While that may seem obvious, sometimes if you're taking Vicodin.

      One thought that comes to mind though is whether you've checked into your insurance benefits to see what Home health care benefits it might offer? Your treating hospital's social worker might be able to assist with this if you're not able. But if you've just been treated for a staph infection, I wouldn't wait around long for a reply. I'd call as soon the Surgeon on call as soon as you read this to find out what they want you to do in the meantime.

      Keep all of us posted on your progress. I hope that whatever is suggested for you prevents another staph infection-that's the most important thing!

      Warm Wishes,

      over 3 years ago

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