Richard M. Levin, MD., PSC. | Phone: 502-584-7787 | Fax: 502-589-3842 |

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MRSA skin infection prior to surgery

We have seen several women who came for their tubal reversal surgery with rather marked skin blemishes. Some of these women told us they have had these blemishes for 10-15 years while others have had them for only 2-4 months. The woman pictured here had seen 5 different doctors for this condition however she demonstrated very little in the way of understanding of what these lesions might represent, nor the potential danger that could spin off of such lesions. Almost every patient we have seen with skin lesions like that pictured here were infected with a bacteria know as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).

MRSA is an infection which can be extreme dangerous both to the patient and to those who come in contact with the patient or debris that the patient leaves behind on objects which may then come into contact with other people. Even though many patients with such skin lesions may have lived with this condition for a long period of time, it can become more widespread, get into the blood stream and circulate throughout the body. People are known to die from MRSA!

If you have any type of skin blemish on your body, and most particularly on your belly area, you need to see a Dermotologist for a definitive diagnosis. That said, of the patients who have presented to us with this condition, most have been mis-diagnosed by the Dermatologist and still presented for their tubal reversals. It has been Dr. Levin who first made the diagnosis and who called in an Infectious Disease doctor in the pre-operative surgical area to confirm the diagnosis. You do not want to put yourself in this position of having the diagnosis made the morning of your reversal.

If you present with this type of finding your surgery will be cancelled and you will be sent home! Your health and your life could be in the balance and we will not allow that to happen We will not make any exceptions if you have a similar finding. The patient pictured above said she was willing to take the risk with doing her surgery but that was something we clearly could not do. This patient needed appropriate therapy before her tubal reversal could be done and her surgery was postponed. If you have any concerns about similar lesions then e-mailed me pictures before scheduling your tubal reversal.

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