My 88 year old Mom broke her hip last week and they had to replace most of it. She is in a physical therapy hospital to get moving around again. The only thing is that the incision keeps leaking quite a bit.
Has anyone else had this problem and how long did it last?
It should mostly stop after the first week to 10 days…and if the glue is being used, even less than that. There may be some small drainage for those first couple weeks, but nothing that should require the bandage to be changed more than once a day after the first few days..
A recent patient of mine came to outpatient therapy two weeks after his surgery and the hip was draining rather significantly. We sent him to the surgeon right away, the fluid was aspirated and he had to be "resealed" with the glue again. He did have a mild infection which had to be drained and treated with antibiotics and eventually he had to have it stapled shut.
If they are having to change the bandage more than once a day after 7-10 days, I’d recommend the surgeon follow up with her.