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Offline a1salesman

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update on wife
« on: February 09, 2005, 02:30:39 PM »
This is the wife that fell down stairs, blew out her knee cap
had surgury last Friday repaired torn muscle & put her knee
cap back in place.  She has a 4" scar across the top of her
knee plus two small incisions in the bottom of knee where
they scoped it.  I changed the dressing last night and found
a blister about the size of a quarter about an inch to the
side of the incision toward the inside of her leg.  I didn't
notice it Sunday when iI changed the dressing.  What is this
caused from???  Thanks,

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Re: update on wife
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2005, 02:56:59 PM »
Hi Dave,

That is common.  I have had them.  Sometimes it is a reaction to the tape, or other things.
Just pay attention to it, it should go away.  Mine just opened and oozed a bit and then disappeared.
Sometimes when you change dressings, the pulling of the tape from the leg can also cause a blister later on.

It should be ok, pretty much all of us get them !!!!

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Re: update on wife
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2005, 07:27:09 PM »
I agree that the blister is fairly common, but you should let your wife's doctor know anyway.  That's because these blisters are notorious for getting infected, and you just don't want a skin infection anywhere near an incision that goes into the knee!  When I had my last surgery, two patients had these blisters--they were discovered post-op when the physical therapist changed the patients' dressings.  The doctor was called each time (a lower level doctor or fellow responded, so you know it wasn't an emergency) to examine the blister and decide what to do.  Both times that I saw, the doctor talked about the blister with the patient and the PT, and I believe he decided to lance and drain the blisters each time.  I'm not sure why, but that was his call.  So anyway, your wife should call her surgeon and/or his RN and discuss this.  I'm sure it's nothing, but give the doctor a chance to decide this just to be safe, okay? 

Tell your wife to hang in there--she will start feeling better very soon.  She's had a traumatic injury, and she's very lucky to have you around to help care for her.  That's the best medicine she can have, I think....


PS Also, be sure to ask the doctor when your wife can start PT.  Sometimes it can take up to 2 weeks to schedule an appointment with a good therapist, so you have to start early.
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Re: update on wife
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2005, 08:39:17 PM »
Thanks to both of you.  She did call her doctor & he said if the incision
looked good & blister was clear not to worry so I guess we won't.
She goes back to see him on the 17th and we will ask about PT then.
Thanks again,

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Re: update on wife
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2005, 10:25:15 PM »
what causes these blisters? does everyone get them who gets surgery? how can this be avoided?