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Pin-Tract Infections

Because you will have pins and wires going through your skin into your bone, there is a risk for pin-tract infections. With proper cleaning, protection and care of your pin sites, you may never have an infection; which is the goal. Call your surgeon if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Redness, warmth and swelling at the pin sites. A small amount of redness is normal.
  • Extremely tender pin sites.
  • Persistent fever of 100.5º Fahrenheit or higher temperature taken orally.
  • Thick, cloudy, white, yellow or green drainage from the pin sites. Clear yellow or slightly bloody drainage is normal.
  • Odor at the pin sites. 1


These are all warning signs of infection. Call your surgeon's clinic promptly. Early treatment is mandatory.


To prevent complications and infections from spreading further, oral antibiotics and increased pin site care may be needed



1 National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses. An Introduction to Orthopaedic Nursing. 2nd ed. New Jersey: Anthony J. Janetti, Inc., 1999.

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