A to Z: Postoperative Infectionenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about postoperative infections, which are any kind of infections that occur following a surgical procedure.postoperative infection, surgical infection, bacterial infection, resistant bacteria, incision, malaise, fever, blood infections, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, antibiotics, CD1Bariatric Surgery, CD1Heart Surgery, CD1Neurosurgery, CD1Ophthalmological (Eye), CD1Pediatric Surgery, CD1Plastic Surgery, CD1Urologic Surgery, CD1Blood and BoneMarrow Transplant, CD1Heart Transplant, CD1Kidney Transplant, CD1Liver Transplant, CD1Solid Organ Transplant06/12/201304/11/201909/02/20191a0d1691-146f-49dc-a54c-97841dd7617chttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-postoperative.html/<p>A postoperative <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/infections/">infection</a> is any kind of infection that occurs following a surgical procedure.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>In modern medicine, strict precautions are taken by hospitals to minimize the risk of postoperative infection. These include giving antibiotics before surgery, keeping the operating tools sterile (free of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/germs.html/">bacteria</a> and other microorganisms), and disinfecting the surgical site.</p> <p>Infections can occur at the surgical incision itself or be more systemic (affecting the whole body). If a surgical site is infected, the incision may become increasingly red and painful, be swollen and hard, or feel hot to the touch. Foul-smelling drainage or pus might be present.</p> <p>Signs and symptoms of systemic postoperative infection include general ill feeling, lack of energy, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever.html/">fever</a>, and chills. Common postoperative infections include infections of the blood, pneumonia, and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/urinary.html/">urinary tract infections</a>.</p> <p>People who are older, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/overweight-obesity.html/">obese</a>, or have <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/diabetes-center.html/">diabetes</a> are at higher risk for infections.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Some postoperative infections can be very serious, resulting in organ failure or even death. Caught early, however, most infections are successfully treated with intravenous (IV) or oral antibiotics under the close supervision of a doctor.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
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