Wound Vacs

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  1. Joanna

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    Today I had my post op appointment with my doctor and she said I would be getting a wound vac to hopefully speed up recovery. I've looked online and honestly I'm getting freaked out. I can't find many people that benefit from a wound vac and everyone says that it hurts A LOT! Has anyone had experiences with a wound vac? Positive or negative I want to know what I'm in for on Thursday.
     
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    I'm currently on the wound vac now, my wound is over 4 inches long and it's hard to get a seal down in the crack, the wound care does a good job, however the home nurse that comes Monday and wensday don't get seal to good, they bridge the hose over to the side at it only hurts for a few moments when machine is first turned on. Removing the plastic seal hurts for me because they are using glue near my anus to keep seal, when they remove the foam it hurts but gets easier over time. If they pour saline on the foam before pulling it's not as bad. I'm using the black granufoam, I have heard the white foam is not as bad. Overall the pain hasn't been to bad. I've had more trouble with the home nurse getting seal
     
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    Thanks mike...you calmed my nerves a bit. How long have you been on the wound vac and is it helping?
     
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    To be honest the whole vac processes has been more irritating then painful, I would rather go to the wound care center 3 days a week then only once a week. The home nurse that comes the other 2 days is nice and caring but unable to get a 100% most of the time. As I said erlier my wound starts above my cleft and goes down towrads my anus 11 cm. so seal is kinda hard to get on mine (but it is doable). When removing the foam it can be painful, but using sainline and removing them slow its is defantly tolerable.... Also Im not sure if this vac is healing me faster or not. I was looking at another members healing blog and we seem to be healing about the same, however he was not using a vac. I didnt start the vac until 2 weeks post op so that could be part of the reason. Most likely the vac is healing my wound faster. If you have any other questions dont hesitate to ask. Im usally very quick to reply because my phone gets a email notifaction when theese threads/posts or updated. Hope you have a good healing process. Oh yeah this friday will mark the 4 week mark for bein on the vac. and 6 weeks post op
     
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    Yeah I read some stuff online and everyone seemed irritated with it all. I have to go back to work on Monday so I don't know how I'm going to be able to work with the vac on. I work retail so I have to stand my whole shift. Today is my one week post op and tomorrow the nurse comes to put the vac on. I just want to be healed by july....two weeks at the beach won't be cute with a vac! I haven't met the nurse yet so I'm hoping she's a pro st it. One of my best friend does wound care and she said she would help but I kinda told her a lie and said the wound was on my back not my butt, I'm still slightly embarrassed by the whole thing.
     
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    Yeah I was a lil embarrased at first, but now im at the point I dont even care anymore ill just drop my pants and say here ya go nurse :)
     
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    hey mike, do you ever disconnect the wound vac? My job is worried about me having it at work. For the next new months while I'm healing I'll only be working 5-4 hour shifts a week. I looked online and it looks like you can disconnect the vac to shower etc.


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    You can unhook the machine and put a cap on the hose but only for 2 hour max. I have mainly been taking sponge baths but im sure you can probally take a shower also. It might be best to take shower before nurse comes to change the foam.
     
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    My nurse just left. The vac will take some getting used too but it wasn't that painful.
     
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    Glad to hear that it went well, how long is your wound?
     
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    My big one is 4cm long 1cm wide and 5cm deep....the second one is 0.25cm long 0.25 wide and 0.5cm deep.
     
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    That don't sound to bad, you will probably have a easier time getting and keeping a seal. my wound is 11cm long and goes almost to my rectum. So how you feelin with the vac on?
     
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    Its taking some getting used to for sure! Trying to make it worth with clothes is not the easiest thing. I haven't run into many problems with it except using the restroom. And dealing with my older brother who keeps commenting on my really cool fanny pack. Haha.
     
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    Yeah the restroom part is hard, especially since the clear plastic goes pretty much to my rectum, and sometimes the home nurse gets the plastic to tight on my mine so I cant reallybend over to sit down at all because its to tight. Glad your wound is not as long so it should be easier for you
     
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    How long did you have It on before you saw improvement?
     
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    I was scared to look at the wound pics because i saw the wound in the mirror 2 days post op and almost feinted lol. I got the wound vac 2 weeks post op and there was a huge differnce at the 5 weeks mark. Your welcome to check out my images on the the picture forum here if you want. You should see improvements fairly quick.
     
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    I looked at the wound 2 days post op and almost passed out too! Guh. Wouldn't wish it on anyone... are you working now or on disability?? I go back to work tuesday.
     
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    I was laid off and im paying for expensive insurance on cobra, another reason why I went ahead at got the surgery. Ive actually been laying in bed for 5 weeks lol. The wound care center told me too so I dont break the seal. However I cant stand to do that anymore im gonna start moving around more.
     
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    I got up and drove to work to talk and I broke the seal....got home tried to get comfy on the couch and broke the seal. I don't see how I'm going to work without breaking the seal. I don't want to stay on bed rest but I think it could be better for me. My job involves a lot of moving, bending, lifting, etc.
     
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    Yeah my seal is hard to get they have to use glue in the crack lol, maybe u can take off work and rest :)
     

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