surgery four years drains and scabs

Spinal surgery with plate screwed to base of skull,rods and screws from c1 to c 6 ,four years ago and continues to drain. When scabs drop off ,draining continues. I'm a diebetic patient. Patient allowed scab to remain now scab is the size of a kidney bean. Physician doesn't know the reason for this problem and has referred me to wound center.

Answers from doctors (2)


This persistent drainage/scab could be a result of a number of issues. Most commonly there is a retained suture in the area causing a little persistent drainage. I agree that visiting a wound care center or returning to your original surgeon is important to ensure there isn't something more serious.

Answered by Vascular Institute of Chattanooga (View Profile)

This persistent drainage/scab could be a result of a number of issues. Most commonly there is a retained suture in the area causing a little persistent drainage. I agree that visiting a wound care center or returning to your original surgeon is important to ensure there isn't something more serious.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


R3 Clinics & Hyperbarics

Published on May 20, 2016

It sounds like there is now an open tract that continues to drain fluid from the body. A wound care center is the place to be, especially if they have a hyperbaric chamber. Chronic wounds, especially in the diabetic population, have a difficult time healing due to the decreased oxygen and blood vessels available. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help restore oxygen to the tissue and blood vessels to help the wound heal faster.

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Answered by R3 Clinics & Hyperbarics

It sounds like there is now an open tract that continues to drain fluid from the body. A wound care center is the place to be, especially if they have a hyperbaric chamber. Chronic wounds, especially in the diabetic population, have a difficult time healing due to the decreased oxygen and blood vessels available. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help restore oxygen to the tissue and blood vessels to help the wound heal faster.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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