Fever after vaginal hysterectomy is not always a sign of vaginal infection; low-grade fever is common after the surgery, Stovall states. Fever higher than 100.4 degrees should be investigated, however, especially if accompanied by chills or other signs of infection, or if it persists for more than a day.
The role of bacterial vaginosis in infection after major gynecologic surgery. L Lin, J Song, N Kimber, S Shott, J Tangora, A Aroutcheva, M B Mazees, A Wells, A Cohen, and S Faro Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA.Cited by: 61.
Redness: An infection will cause an incision to turn red or have red streaks that spread to the surrounding area. Redness after surgery is normal but it should reduce over time and not intensify. Pus: Pus or a bad-smelling drainage is one of the signs of infection after surgery. The pus can be white, green, blood-tinged or yellow in color.
Vaginal cuff cellulitis is an infection of the superficial tissues at the vaginal surgical margin after vaginal hysterectomy. Patients typically present after hospital discharge with moderate, but increasing, lower abdominal pain with purulent yellow vaginal discharge.Cited by: 22.
Wound infection. Surgical wound infections occur in approximately 3% of patients having major laparotomy incisions for procedures such as cesarean delivery or abdominal hysterectomy. 1, 2 The frequency of wound infection is less than 1% in women undergoing postpartum sterilization, interval sterilization, or other operative laparoscopy procedures. The following factors increase the probability of postoperative wound infection.