Sleeping on (bandaged) open wound?

Riley12

New Member
Hi everyone,

so roughly 10 days ago I had surgery on an abscess and I now have a open wound. Like most people's, it's packed with gauze and needs to be changed daily. Today, one nurse told me that sleeping on it, (or generally just applying pressure to it), would help pack the gauze into the wound and make the would heal quicker. But today a different nurse told me to do the complete opposite and that it would be better if I slept on my side etc.

Has anyone been given similar advice? I'm not in any pain, it's more paranoia about the effect of prolonged pressure to the wound - especially since I think my constant sitting/posture was one factor that caused the abscess in the first place.

Thank you to anyone who replies, and good luck to anyone having to deal with such a beast!
 

Kezzar

New Member
Hi everyone,

so roughly 10 days ago I had surgery on an abscess and I now have a open wound. Like most people's, it's packed with gauze and needs to be changed daily. Today, one nurse told me that sleeping on it, (or generally just applying pressure to it), would help pack the gauze into the wound and make the would heal quicker. But today a different nurse told me to do the complete opposite and that it would be better if I slept on my side etc.

Has anyone been given similar advice? I'm not in any pain, it's more paranoia about the effect of prolonged pressure to the wound - especially since I think my constant sitting/posture was one factor that caused the abscess in the first place.

Thank you to anyone who replies, and good luck to anyone having to deal with such a beast!
I've been told many different things over the years in regards to what you should and shouldn't do, it's more a personal opinion on what they believe is best, my surgeon told me to sleep however I wanted then on my discharge had a nurse tell me the complete opposite!
In my opinion whichever is more comfortable for you especially considering you're going to be doing it for awhile is what you should do
 

Canuck84

Helpful
Hi everyone,

so roughly 10 days ago I had surgery on an abscess and I now have a open wound. Like most people's, it's packed with gauze and needs to be changed daily. Today, one nurse told me that sleeping on it, (or generally just applying pressure to it), would help pack the gauze into the wound and make the would heal quicker. But today a different nurse told me to do the complete opposite and that it would be better if I slept on my side etc.

Has anyone been given similar advice? I'm not in any pain, it's more paranoia about the effect of prolonged pressure to the wound - especially since I think my constant sitting/posture was one factor that caused the abscess in the first place.

Thank you to anyone who replies, and good luck to anyone having to deal with such a beast!
It's been 6 days since I had my surgery and I wasn't given too much advice in the beginning. I was sitting, driving and lying on my back and didn't think anything of it because I had no pain. I just had to get up and walk around after sitting for too long. Either way my wound is healing at a very fast rate, the nurse I had yesterday stated its faster then usual and interesting because everything is healing the way it should despite me sitting on it. I have next to no pain, its more of a discomfort and oddly enough less then when I actually had the cyst. I think a lot just comes down to pain, if it hurts don't do it. Trying to be stress free also helps open wounds close so try to relax as much as possible and take it day by day.

Personally I save sitting for during the day and I try to lie on my sides or stomach when I am sleeping just to make sure it has a few hours of next to no pressure. I do this every day so far, I have a feeling it will die down and I will be able to do more and more things as the weeks progress which is good because I have to go back to work Jan 2nd.

I am curious as to how you are now so I hope you see this, it's been awhile for you and I would like to know how you are doing and what state your wound is in.
 

noridge

New Member
Generally nurses with wound care speciality know wound care better than the surgeons. That said, when I had my open excision, I slept exclusively on my sides and it healed at the expected speed
 
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