Background: I had open surgery in August 2010, with no packing. At first, it seemed to be progressing nicely. Now, it hasn't made much progress at all since December. I go to post-op visits once a month and the doctor has always said that it looks healthy but it has slowed down. I've required silver nitrate to remove some excess tissue for the last 3 or 4 months. I still have minor pain when I sit and have minor to moderate drainage when I replace my gauze. I shower twice a day to clean the wound with water. Since I'm in college, I probably put too much stress on the wound. Between classes, homework, etc., I'm probably sitting for at least 12 hours a day. I feel like I live a pretty healthy life - I've been taking plenty of vitamins and eating/drinking as healthy as possible. Has anyone else with an open surgery had similar healing problems? Any recommendations or "miracle cures" that you have had a good experience with?