My surgery today 3-18-2011

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    The home nurse was able to get a 100% seal today which is a good thing :) . Another concern I have is the wound vac pulls the edges of the larger part of the wound very very close together almost touching. There is foam down in the wound but the outer edges are pretty much touching. Does that sound ok? Also since this wound is healing with it bein forced close together will that make the scar tissue easier to bust open? Maybe im wrong but it just seems to me that since the wound is healing while forced together under vacum that there will be stress on the scar once healed? So many worries :(
     
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    Forgot to add something to my post above. for the past few weeks the drainage in the hose has been very light brown in color, today the drainage seems to be dark redish/brown in color
     
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    I would imagine that won't happen. This is just a guess, but it takes more than a few days for tissue to take a firm hold, it is very weak after just a few days so my guess is that it won't be like doing up tight jeans.
     
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    Yeah but the wound vac is hooked up 24/7 I know it's designed to pull edges together I just hope they aren't to close, they aren't using much foam up top, just so many worries, guess I'm thinking into it to much
     
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    I'm sure you'll just need to take it easy when you have healed and the wound vac is off. It's easy to think that once your skin has sealed over it's good as new but ice heard it takes about 6 months for it to have real strength like normal skin.

    So no wrestling for a but once healed!!!
     
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    Do you think they will keep you on it until you are fully closed up? It's hard not to worry with this darn condition and the healing, everything it is possible to worry about fills our ample time and no doubt we all make ourselves depressed from it. All we want is to be fully healed, is it too much to ask? If it's any consolation, I haven't read about the wound vac doing anything than improve the situation. No stories of it causing more problems than it fixes. Might be worth pressing them tomorrow when you go about thi concern, and if they don't know then ask them who can give you an answer. Possibly the surgeon?
     
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    I have heard good things too, just hope they are using large enough foam, I'm not sure how long I'll be on vac. I assume I won't be on it the entire healin process
     
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    Went to wound care center today and I seen the piece of foam they are using and now and it's extremely small. I may have to go somewhere else because I feel it's way to small :( it's like they are wanting the vac to pull the sides of the wound way to close together I know the sides of wound are curved inwards now :( I got pics I'll link here in a bit. Another thing that worries me is the wound is now 10cm in length and she said she is packing it a tiny tiny bit shorter so the wound will get shorter quicker does that seem right? I really don't want it to bridge down there are something :( sorry for all my complaints lol, and thanks for listening
     
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    I think you are probably fine. The wound vac will bring the sides in closer, that's part of the design for healing. The vac will also keep grunge from forming in the bottom of the wound bed, so the sides coming together quickly will be fine since the pressure will also be pulling the bottom up quicker, too.
     
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    Sasha thanks for the reply, I know the wound vac draws the edges together however the sponge is so small now the edges are pretty much touching while under pressure. I guess maybe I'm over reacting thanks again for the reply it makes me feel better. I just hope the sponge is large enough I'll link pics later
     
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    I posted some pictures in the picture forum if anyone wants to see, I even posted pictures of the size of the foam they are now using in the wound. I will still need to add pictures of the vac attached so you can see how its pulling the wound edges all they way together
     
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    ouch your initial wound looked fierce it was extensive wasn't it. You have made great progress don't get disheartened the end is in sight just a little way off yet though. Good luk xx
     
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    Yes it looked bad when I first seen it in mirror, I'm just now able to look at pics
     
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    I was taken off the wound vac on monday, and they are now using collagen powder stimulant, and packing the wound with aquacel. I updated my thread/post in the picture forum with a pic of the wound at day 45 If anyone wants to see.
     
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    Added some pics of the wound at day 47 in the picture forum. The wound care is shaving around the wound but I just noticed there is still some hair near the lower part of the wound. Im sure everything will be ok I just wish they would of shaved there.
     
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    Wound is still healing, it will be healed in 1 to 2 weeks. The lower part of the wound still bleeds when the remove the aquacel, its not gushing blood however its still bleeding more then the upper part of the wound. Does that sound ok? I also updated my thread/post with pics of the wound at day 49
     
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    My upper part has healed but lower still bleeds.
    Its normal i think since its a harder place
     
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    I think thats the hard part for everybody, such a darn bad place for a wound [​IMG]
     
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    I still have not set down since the operation, do you think it will cause problems once the wound is healed and i set down?
     

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