7 weeks after open wound surgery!

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    my_username New Member

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    Hi everyone! It's been a while since I've been on. It's been since May 17th since I've had open wound surgery (7 weeks yesterday). I do have a question though. For some reason i thought that after 6 weeks i wouldnt have to pack anymore....is it 8 instead? I have a wound 1 inch long and 1/8 inch deep....and it seems like it had been like that for the past 2 1/2 weeks. it looks like it is trying to form scar tissue from the inside out but seems slow going...is it just me? what can i do to help it out? also, is that a normal size for it? or could my husband be packing it too tight? he uses a qtip to put the qauze in still...he says that he can barely put the gauze in there, but he's been saying that for a few weeks now. sorry so many questions.....i was just wondering. i meant to get on here last week....

    and i've noticed that it doesnt itch that much so i know it cant be healing as quick as it was bc i know that was a sure sign but i am still producing exudate, and that is a good sign. yah!!![x0x]
     
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    There really is no set time to stop packing an open wound, it really just depends on the size of it. It definately sounds too small to pack if your hubby is trying harder to pack it. I would call your surgeon, let him know this and he will most likely advise you to stop packing.

    The slow healing of it is unfortunately just the nature of these surgeries because of their location. In a world where you didn't have to sit/stand/walk/bend over/lay down/etc... then the wound would most definitely heal as fast as others. The healing process is slower for these surgeries because all of the above actions microsopically tear the wound and undue some of the progress made each day. Continue to take things easy and slow. Don't run, sit/stand slowly and use your arms to support your weight when possible, don't be rough on the area in the shower and don't let your husband try to pack the wound too tightly or it will also tear some of the progress.
     
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    My son had surgery Friday

    My 18yo son had cyst exision with open wound and marsupialization this past Friday. His wound is deep in the natal cleft and I have to really open his cheeks to get in there to clean. My dr said just to wear a maxi pad on his underwear and put hydrogen peroxide and neosporin on it. None of this corresponds with the info on this web site. I am concerned about how to keep infection from starting and get this thing well. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
     
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    If you go to the Vitamins/Diet page here, I have had my husband on the regimen listed since the first few days after his surgery. His wound started out rather large about 6"x4"x5"deep and as I posted just a few min ago, he is healed over as of wednesday of this week - almost 4 months to the day of having surgery. So get on the vitamins and see if they help. We also had to go and see a wound care specialist after the first month and that was a Tremendous help - I honestly and truly think they are the reason he is healed up today :)
     
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