In this incision care tutorial, you will see infections, incisions that are not healed, staples, bruising and blisters after orthopaedic oncology surgery. Some of the pictures can make people feel squeamish. These pictures are not meant to cause alarm or shock, but rather are meant to teach and help our patients identify when a call to your surgeon's office regarding changes to your incision.
These photos predominately are in the immediate post-operative phase, not during oncologic surveillance. However, these basic guidelines about when to contact your surgeon’s office apply immediately post-operatively:
When in doubt, call
Report any new suspicious findings (i.e. swelling, fever, redness, chills, flu-like symptoms, new lumps & bumps)