I just posted a picture of my incision on here.  Someone on Facebook said it looks infected to her.  Can someone look at it and tell me what you think please.  I have no fever or drainage or pain.


How Long Since Implant?

by NiceNiecey - 2019-01-31 01:33:39

Hi Dennv.

Welcome to our unusual (ok, weird) club.

As Robin asked, how old is the incision? I think it looks pretty good in the picture but I am not a medical professional. Given that you don't have pain, fever, oozing, etc it's probably fine. Let us know how old the picture is from time of surgery to when it was taken.



by donr - 2019-01-31 03:10:37

Kinda ugly, isn't it?  Dunno how old it is - BUT:  you obviously are concerned about it.  That means that it looks out of the ordinary to you.   Since it is your incision, matters not what we think. 

Your opinion is all that matters.  Call or take it into an ER if you are concerned - you just might nip a real problem in the bud - one that can be easily fixed now, but may well be a real challenge if you wait..  No one wiull thionk lessof you for bringing in a problem.


One week

by dennvi0528 - 2019-01-31 06:04:18

i had the implant a week ago yesterday.  I just don’t know what to expect so that’s why I’m concerned.  I will call first thing this morning and either send a picture or go in.  Thanks all.

One other thing

by dennvi0528 - 2019-01-31 06:09:03

i still left the bandage on it.  I wasn’t supposed to take it off until yesterday but then decided to keep it covered.  And I haven’t put anything on it.  The drainage on the bandage is from right after surgery.

Have you called yet?

by donr - 2019-01-31 11:14:49

A bit of light-hearted nagginbg here!  You need to feel comfortable with your situation.   Calling is the right thing to  do.  If they are smart, they will tell you to come in..  That is an important part of a physician's duty - to treat your head .  To give you confidence that they care about you.  Ten minutes of a nurse's time can work wonders in the mind of a patient.  At this point,  I usually quote that great  observer of men under stress, Napoleon Bonaparte - In about 1806 he said, while sitting astride his great white charger - "In Battle, the mental is to the physical as three is to one." That is also true in the case of all things medical!  I'm not sure of the great white charger part - but it makes for a dramatic image.  Even the year may be off - might be 1799.  He also said it in French, so my translation may be off.  But it is true, and one of his many "Maxims of war" that apply to those of us facing a PM or ICD.


All good

by dennvi0528 - 2019-01-31 15:01:03

So the EP’s office got me in at 11:30 and said it’s fine, took the bandage off and said I don’t need to come in next Thursday for a wound check.  I appreciate your comments and concern, I just couldn’t answer until I got home.  I will keep an eye out still for anything out of the ordinary.  Peace of mind is worth it that’s for sure.


by donr - 2019-01-31 23:48:26

Feel better already, don't you.


For sure

by dennvi0528 - 2019-02-01 06:48:21

I feel much better, yes.  And the difference in how it looks is amazing, much better and normal.  Today I take my first shower and although I’m nervous, they told me to do it so I will.  Monday I go back to work so back to some normalcy.  I haven’t been napping during the day because I didn’t want my body to start needing them.  

Thanks again for the concern.


by donr - 2019-02-01 13:43:49

"Naggers are us!" and we do it well. 


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I, too, am feeling tons better since my implant.