"Surgeon treats post-operative wound infection by Fax"

About: Calvary Health Care Tasmania Lenah Valley Campus

(as the patient),

I had a posterior vaginal repair. Nine days after surgery I had a smelly vaginal discharge that looked infected. I called the surgeon's rooms and spoke to a midwife. A prescription for a single antibiotic was faxed to my local pharmacy! The surgeon did not speak to me, my wound was not examined and no swab was taken for Microscopy, Culture and Sensitivity. I took the antibiotic. Twelve days after completing the course I was diagnosed with a wound abscess. This was not incised and drained, it was treated with a different antibiotic and paste. I can assure you that it is not a good idea to put this paste anywhere near your vagina! Luckily for me, when this abscess ruptured it ruptured vaginally and not rectally, so I did not develop a fistula. All this infection and scarring has left me with a short, narrow, painful vagina and has completely destroyed my previously very pleasant sex life.

I am appalled that a surgeon blindly prescribe a patient a single antibiotic by Fax for a post-operative wound infection that wasn't even examined or swabbed.

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