I'm scheduled for femoral popliteal bypass surgery. I have developed a severe infection on my foot. Should I postpone surgery?

I'm scheduled for femoral popliteal bypass surgery. I have developed a severe infection on my foot. Should I postpone surgery? This infection has been developing over the past few weeks. Have been put on (since 7/11/16) Clindamycin 300mg (one capsule by mouth twice daily). Then, on 08/10/2016, I was put on Cephalexin 500mg (one capsule by mouth three times daily). By 08/18/2016 Doxycycline Hyclate 100mg (one capsule by mouth twice daily).

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Answered by Vascular Institute of Chattanooga

You need to notify the vascular surgeon's office of the infection. If the foot that is infected is the one that needs the bypass surgery, the surgery would help treat the foot infection/wounds more effectively. When blood flow is obstructed (like in arterial disease) then antibiotics have a hard time reaching the site of infection. You might need additional post-op antibiotics, such as IV antibiotics, but I do not think the surgery should be postponed. However, your vascular surgeon needs to be notified to better plan for your surgery and for decision making regarding surgery and post-op care.

Published on Jan 15, 2020

Answered by Vascular Institute of Chattanooga (View Profile)

You need to notify the vascular surgeon's office of the infection. If the foot that is infected is the one that needs the bypass surgery, the surgery would help treat the foot infection/wounds more effectively. When blood flow is obstructed (like in arterial disease) then antibiotics have a hard time reaching the site of infection. You might need additional post-op antibiotics, such as IV antibiotics, but I do not think the surgery should be postponed. However, your vascular surgeon needs to be notified to better plan for your surgery and for decision making regarding surgery and post-op care.

Published on Jul 11, 2012

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