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    Nov 24, 2006, 06:29 PM
    Carotid Artery Surgery
    My friend had surgery for Carotid Artery 3 weeks ago and it is ozing water from the incision almost constantly. He has to use a wash cloth to keep his shirt dry. He was told this was normal. Is it?
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    Nov 24, 2006, 06:34 PM
    Is the fluid clear? Is there any fever? When was his last visit to the doctor?
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    Nov 25, 2006, 01:38 PM
    Yes the liquid is clear. I saw my doctor last when he removed the clamps. He said this was normal but other people have said no. Help
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    Nov 25, 2006, 01:43 PM
    If the fluid is clear that means that there is no infection. The fluid is called interstitial fluid and can be quite normal with surgeries. The surgery was 3 weeks ago. Did your friend have drainage tubes in place (JP drains)? If so that drained off the majority of the fluid and the doc may have removed the drains a little early.

    As long as the fluid is clear and there is no pain, fever, or inflammation it should be okay. Understand though that I am only giving an opinion since it is impossible for me to do a face-to-face physical. Make sure your friend keeps up with his/her doctor to make sure everything is okay.

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