Did you know that 2-5% of patients who need surgery end up having non-healing or slow-healing surgical wounds? Those statistics are pretty favorable and quickly put most of us at ease if we have surgery coming up in the near future. But what if you are one of those limited cases? It can be frustrating to know that your original condition was addressed with surgery, but now there’s a surgical wound which is slow-healing or infected. People facing this dilemma often ask, “Is it possible to heal surgical wounds quickly?”
The short answer is yes, but it really depends on your individual situation and how infected the wound is. Many stubborn surgical wounds can be treated with prescription antibiotics to speed up healing and prevent infection. But people with underlying conditions, health problems, and other risk factors are more prone to non-healing surgical wounds. They may need more targeted treatment for a variety of common symptoms, including:
- Red and discolored tissue surrounding the surgical site
- Surgical site is hot to the touch
- The surgical wound is expanding
- Increasing pain at the incision site
- Severe swelling
- Deep or dried out appearance
- Drainage and a foul odor is coming from the wound
- The wound doesn’t scab over
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What is Classified as a Non-Healing Surgical Wound?
An incision is a cut through the skin that is made during surgery, usually by a scalpel. It is also called a surgical wound. In addition, a surgical wound can result from a drain placed during surgery. Surgical wounds vary greatly in size and it’s possible to need multiple incisions for one operation. Often a surgical incision is small and made as unobtrusive as possible for timely and safe operating conditions. They are usually closed with sutures but are sometimes left open to heal. The degree of risk for a surgical site infection depends on the type of surgical wound you have.
A non-healing surgical wound is any surgical incision that doesn’t heal as expected. Granted, the timetable for healing differs depending on the procedure, the location of the incision(s), how invasive the surgery is, and any potential complications. Your physician will know the normal healing process and should communicate that to you during post-op. Your doctor will also take every precaution possible to avoid infection and other complications from surgery. This includes using sterile instruments and properly cleaning the surgical site with antibiotics to eliminate germs before making any incisions. They’ll also monitor your wounds in follow-up visits for signs of infection, etc.
The result for many patients is a successful procedure with an expected and routine recovery time. But any break in the skin, whether through an injury or from an intended surgery, can lead to complications—even in healthy individuals. When this happens, a specialized wound care facility like StrideWoundCare can offer additional treatments for healing surgical wounds.
StrideWoundCare offers three ways to heal surgical wounds quickly at one of our convenient North Texas locations or in the comfort of your home:
1. IV Antibiotic Therapy
One way to treat non-healing surgical wounds through minimally invasive means is with IV antibiotic therapy. This is intensive antibiotic treatment administers long courses of antibiotic medication directly into the bloodstream via a central catheter or PICC line. And perhaps the best part is that it can be performed on an outpatient basis in our clinics or in the patient’s home. There is no need for a hospital visit. There isn’t any downtime or recovery period following your procedure. Your medical professional will provide you with detailed administration instructions prior to your treatment, ensuring you can carry out the treatment at your convenience.
- No downtime or recovery period
- Strong antibiotics treat bacterial infections
- Can be self-administered
- Minimally invasive
2. Specialized Dressings and Therapies
All surgical wounds are properly covered with standard wound dressings. But these are typically a one-size-fits-all solution. At StrideWoundCare, we believe that wound dressings should provide the most optimum conditions for wound healing while protecting the wound from infection. Naturally, choosing the correct dressing will decrease healing time, provide cost-effective care, and improve the patient’s quality of life. We will sit down with you, listen to your concerns, and assess your conditions to get a full perspective of what your personalized treatment plan should be.
- Dressings tailored to your body and wound
- Flexible options
- Therapies tailored to your condition
3. Minimally Invasive and Microsurgeries
The last thing anyone wants is to go through another taxing surgical procedure after the initial one. Minimally invasive and microsurgeries avoid extensive downtime because they have little to no cutting and scarring. There is also no need for general anesthesia. With that said, the point of these microsurgeries is to use specialized precision tools to aid in the healing of non-healing surgical wounds while at the same time restoring function and form.
- Less invasive than traditional surgery
- No general anesthesia
- Minimal downtime and recovery
- Little to no cutting or scarring
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Look to StrideWoundCare for Successful Wound Healing
At StrideWoundCare we understand how frustrating, time consuming, and costly it can be to take care of non-healing or slow-healing wounds. Our wound care team has specialized training to manage and assess wounds of all types. We offer easy access to our wound care services, including multiple outpatient locations throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. As a partner in your care, we will work together with your other doctors and healthcare providers. In addition to providing excellent wound care and management, our nurses will teach you how to care for your wound in between visits to promote healing and protect it from further injury.
When you use our wound care services, you receive compassionate experts dedicated to helping you with your difficult wound. For a consultation, please contact us at 214-285-9200 or complete the appointment form.Appointment
This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Prior to starting any new treatment or questions regarding a medical condition, always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider.
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