Any Experience with Aquacel AG

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  1. a_g26

    a_g26 New Member

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    Hi I'm new here and I am currently recovering from my second surgery. The first one being 2 years ago and was located at the top of the cleft, and recovery was a much more pleasant experience.

    With this new one, it was located further down, almost about 3 inches apart. The packing consisted of a wet-to-dry method: gauze soaked in saline and packed on top of the wound, covered with a combine pad. Dressing changes for this one were absolutely painful because the gauze would get stuck to the wound, which is something I never experienced with my first surgery. I have never known such pain could exist in that area and almost immediately I began to dread dressing changes.

    It's been a week now and it's healing properly and the pain is going down. I had my post-op appointment yesterday and the packing was changed to a strip of Aquacel AG being placed on the wound which I think was for drainage, then placing a rolled up gauze as a cover, and then place another combine pad.

    I would like to know if there is anyone here who has any experience with Aquacel AG. Does it stick to the wound and hurt to remove it? Did it help with healing? Any feedback is appreciated.

    Thanks guys!
     
  2. mrsmacca

    mrsmacca New Member

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    Hi! I've had surgery twice and both times have used Aquacel AG for packing and it's great! There's a component in it that keeps it wet and I think there's seaweed and silver in it which help fight infection and help healing. Good luck :)
     
  3. Tonster

    Tonster Very Helpful

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    Exactly yep it's designed to release a gel that keeps the wound moist without macerating the skin like it would with water. So the dressing will come off/out nicely. And yeah it has silver in it and is more and less useful and different stages of healing. Especially to reduce the bioburden. (I remember Ag was the chemical symbol for silver I think?)
     
  4. TeeCee79

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    After three weeks of pure torture, having stuck Gauze ripped from my wound twice a day, I finally was referred to a Wound Care center and given Aquacel AG Extra.

    It is great. All they did was fold it once and stick it in the wound. The next morning when my Wife helped me change it, it literally slid right out. No resistance. No pain. Once daily instead of twice, too.

    As the dressing changed to Gel, it can be messy though, since as of now they give me no retention Gauze on top. I started putting paper towel in my Underwear to catch the slimy Gel-Like stuff that does ooze out. Seems, when I sit, or lay on my side, it tends to ooze out by the top of my butt crack.

    I recommend some kind of retaining Gauze over the top, or wear very tight underwear, because I feel this thing could fall out if I move wrong.

    My follow-up is Thursday, hopefully they let me keep using this stuff.

    The ONLY downside, which is minor compared to the pain of Gauze changes, is sometimes a fresh pad causes a slight burning sensation for 20 minutes, then fades. Probably just contact with the raw wound, or the silver in the dressing.
     
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