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Even though surgeries are kept very clean, you might get an infection after the surgery. Infections can be simple or serious. How the infection is taken care of will depend on where it is in your body and how bad it is.
Some infections, such as skin infections, are simple and you will only need to take antibiotics for them. Other infections, such as those inside your body, are more dangerous than infections outside your body. Sometimes they can be life-threatening. Serious infections do not happen a lot but if you have one, then you might need surgery, or you might need to stay in the hospital and get medicine through an IV.
Infections after surgery can increase your chances of getting adhesions at a later time. Adhesions are abnormal connections or scar tissue between two structures. Adhesions are the body's response to tissue injury and inflammation. Any abdominal surgery can cause adhesions. If they do grow, they can cause pain in your abdomen. They can also tighten around your bowels and you might need surgery to take them out.
If you get an infection, your doctor will talk to you about the best way to heal it.
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