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What is the likelihood of infection from surgery? What can reduce the risk of infection?

The likelihood of surgical site infection is less than one percent and infection is more common for non-elective, emergency surgeries.

Prior to elective surgeries, we will provide you with a special soap and ask that you shower with it the night before and morning of surgery. We will also ask that you not shave within 24 hours of surgery. Shaving can cause microscopic nicks in the skin that allow microorganisms to enter and cause an infection before the surgical incision is made. Let your doctor know if you don’t feel well. An acute illness, such as a cold, can leave you more susceptible to infection. If you smoke, don’t smoke for 24 hours prior to surgery.

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