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Dr. Herb Goldberg, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
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I had 2 tummy tucks in 2007. The second one bleed profusely

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I had 2 tummy tucks in 2007. The second one bleed profusely for a year. My surgeon finally sent me to infectios disease and I had staph. I got one round of antibotics...to quickent this it is seven years it bleeds, has green/yellow smelly fluid coming
out, it feels like my skin is on fire and the scar is becoming brown and I hae red lines and its getting bigger. What do I have? Also after eight years my diabetes came back at a 10 with a finger prick of 500, I have cirrohois and I now have portal tension,
infected lymph nodes in base of lungs, stomach and liver and my spleen is extremely enlarged and has a mass along with my liver has a mass. before this wound my liver was great and my diabetes was gone...whats happening????
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Plastic Surgery
Expert:  Plastic Surgeon replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your question. It sounds like you have chronically infected wound for the last seven years. This sounds very unusual. What else do I need to know about your past medical history? Why has your surgeon not insisted that you keep seeing the infectious disease specialist? I await your response.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I did tuck because diabetes made me lose weight. First tuck was bad n continued hurt so head of u of pa surgeon did 2nd...for one year it bleed n he had no clue why. Finally he just sent me to infectious disease I had staph but I assume they thought surgeon would continue to see me but he didn't tell me to come back. I had cirrohis Nash but it was doing good due to weight loss
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I didn't think it would continental n get worse but the surgeries were so bad I couldn't image doing again so until I went for an epidural n mentioned the wound n an infection disease doc refused to do procedure said it could go in my blood n kill me so I went back to Penn n surgeon only told me he has to cut it out nothing else like what's going on what's he cutting can it happen again
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Can this have caused all my other problems
Expert:  Plastic Surgeon replied 1 year ago.

Who is taking care of this abdominal infection? Your area will not heal unless the infected tissue is removed in surgery. It is possible that a chronic infection can make other body systems worse.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
U of pa plastic surgeon in wound care. I saw him for 5 minstrel n all he said is it has to come off n doesn't seem to b concerned but now because of the hypertension portal on Fri u of pa is doing eng to see if I have varices n what the risk of surgery while since sept I'm in constant pain from this wound...surg did want CT of adbomen to see stomach walls?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Sept is when I went to surgeon
Expert:  Plastic Surgeon replied 1 year ago.

Your other medical problems must be under control so that surgery is safe for you.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
They are not under control....my sugar is going from 100 to.120 to 160 yesterday n I'm eating the same. My doc said if I have varices (we just found out I had hypertension portal I read on a CT scan shenanigans I went to er....liver doc doesn't kno risk until does eng to check for varices. However will he cut the whole incision off...I i.e. from hip to hip? I am chronic pain patient n u of pa has me on now exalgo n dilaudid n 2pm years oxycontin n oxycodone n I'm afraid they won't be able to control my pain due to my extreme tolerance n being opioid depend
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
That's 20 years of oxycodone n oxycodone ir
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I guess I lost u. I would like to stop n I am not happy with the service as u just stopped answering. I'm not satisfied also as I told u we don't kno if I have varices n u said it's safe to do surgery both liver n surgeon said it could be deadly to do it without k owing the risks if I have varices. Do not charge me as I don't feel u understood
Expert:  Plastic Surgeon replied 1 year ago.

I understood completely and I was very clear in what I said. Your medical problems need to be in order before you are able to undergo any surgery.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Look at ur last answer u said ur medical conditions must b under control so it's safe....and I clearly told u we won't know till Friday if I have varices.
Expert:  Plastic Surgeon replied 1 year ago.

That is correct. No surgery can be performed unless you receive a medical clearance.