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Antibiotics Before Surgery

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Colorado Springs Dermatologist Dr. Reagan Anderson

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So here’s another daily tip from your friendly local dermatologist!

So, most of the surgeries that we do in dermatology are very clean surgeries, and most of them do not require prophylaxis with antibiotics before the surgery. Now there is some debate about people who have an artificial joint or an artificial heart valve or an implanted device in them, like a pacemaker or those sorts of things. Please talk to your local dermatologist if you have any of these conditions, or any of these devices inside of you, and then we need to have a conversation with you about whether we prescribe antibiotics before your surgery. Again, for the vast majority of dermatology surgeries we do not need them, but if you have one of these things, like a heart valve or an implanted device, tell your  dermatologist. What we will probably ask you to do is talk to the person who installed that heart valve or joint or whatever, and ask them, do they want antibiotics beforehand? Now there’s kind of two ways of doing these antibiotics, we either give it to you an hour beforehand and that’s it for the entire surgery or we give it to you for a length of time. Please talk to your local dermatologist, because we need to know what your overall health conditions are before we do any surgeries on you.

Because Dermatologists treat more than just skin cancer!

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