If you develop an infection after FTM top surgery, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Infections after top surgery are rare, but they can be serious.

Here are some of the symptoms of an infection after FTM top surgery:

  • Redness: The incisions may become red and inflamed.
  • Pain: The incisions may become more painful than they were before.
  • Swelling: The incisions may become swollen.
  • Drainage: There may be drainage from the incisions. The drainage may be clear, yellow, or green.
  • Fever: You may develop a fever.
  • Chills: You may experience chills.

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see your surgeon as soon as possible. Your surgeon will be able to assess the infection and prescribe treatment.

Treatment for an infection after FTM top surgery may include:

  • Antibiotics: Antibiotics are used to kill the bacteria that are causing the infection.
  • Drainage: The surgeon may need to drain the fluid from the incisions.
  • Wound care: Your surgeon will show you how to care for your incisions. This may include cleaning the incisions with soap and water, applying antibiotic ointment, and keeping the incisions covered with a bandage.

It is important to follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully to ensure that the infection heals properly. If you do not follow your surgeon’s instructions, the infection may worsen and you may need further treatment.

Here are some tips to help prevent an infection after FTM top surgery:

  • Wash your hands often. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after touching your incisions.
  • Keep your incisions clean. Clean your incisions with soap and water twice a day.
  • Apply antibiotic ointment. Apply antibiotic ointment to your incisions after cleaning them.
  • Keep your incisions covered. Keep your incisions covered with a bandage until your surgeon tells you to stop.
  • Avoid strenuous activity. Avoid strenuous activity for at least 2 weeks after surgery.
  • Monitor your incisions for signs of infection. Monitor your incisions for redness, pain, swelling, drainage, fever, or chills. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your surgeon immediately.

If you have a history of allergic reactions to anesthesia, it’s important to discuss this with your surgeon and the anesthesia team involved in your FTM top surgery. While a history of anesthesia allergies can pose an increased risk, it doesn’t automatically exclude you from having FTM top surgery. Here are some considerations:

  1. Evaluation and Risk Assessment: Your surgeon and the anesthesia team will carefully evaluate your medical history, including your allergic reactions to anesthesia. They will assess the severity, specific agents involved, and any previous management strategies used to address your allergic reactions.
  2. Allergy Testing: Depending on the nature and severity of your allergic reactions, your healthcare providers may recommend allergy testing to identify specific allergens and determine the best course of action. This information can help guide anesthesia selection and protocols to minimize the risk of allergic reactions.
  3. Anesthesia Alternatives: If you have known allergies to certain anesthesia agents, the anesthesia team may select alternative medications or anesthesia techniques that are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. They will work closely with you to develop an individualized anesthesia plan that takes your allergies into consideration.
  4. Preoperative Consultations: Preoperative consultations with both your surgeon and the anesthesia team are essential. They will review your medical history, discuss potential risks, and collaborate to create a comprehensive plan that minimizes the risk of allergic reactions during surgery.
  5. Anesthesia Team Expertise: It’s important to have an experienced anesthesia team that is well-versed in managing patients with a history of anesthesia allergies. They will take appropriate precautions, closely monitor your condition during surgery, and have emergency interventions ready in case of an allergic reaction.
  6. Emergency Preparedness: The surgical team will have protocols in place to handle allergic reactions should they occur during the procedure. This includes having emergency medications and equipment readily available to manage any allergic response.

Remember, each case is unique, and decisions regarding anesthesia will depend on a thorough evaluation of your medical history and the expertise of your surgical and anesthesia teams. Open and honest communication with your healthcare providers is essential to ensure your safety and minimize the risk of allergic reactions during FTM top surgery.