Post-op Incisional Hernia
- Seen in over 10% of patients; up to 25% of patients with incision infection.
- More common in midline incision, more common in upper abdomen vs lower abdomen.
- Dr. Gibbs Pearl: If a patient presents to the ED with 30 days of their surgery (and is not there for an obviously unrelated complaint) contact the Surgeon to discuss the patient's presentation.
- Surgery Pearl: evaluation for post-operative pain from lap chole can involve RUQ ultrasound to look for signs of abscess. Also consider biliary studies if concerned for biliary leak, biloma development.
Negative CT Calcium score in ACS
- Negative CT calcium score misses ACS very rarely.
- Quick test that is non-invasive, has no contrast, does not require patient participation, does not rely on patient heart rate or ability to exercise.
- If used in correct patient population, NPV is between 93-97% with a sensitivity of 99-100%.
- Dr. Garvey Pearl: Recognize that your clinical gestalt trumps any protocol or clinical decision rule and do what you think is best for the patient.