After a WLE (wide local excision) on my foot, the wound is healing slowly. What should I be watching and in what situations should I notify the doctor?

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PeterBeitschMD (Physician - Surgery - Surgical Oncology (Verified) ) - 03 / 19 / 2012

The further down the leg the harder it is for wounds to heal - so the foot is often the slowest to heal. Elevation can help and fastidious attention to cleanliness is critical. First signs of infection - typically redness around the wound, drainage, foul smell should be reported promptly to the surgeon and will usually require a visit for culture of the wound and a prescription for antibiotics.
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