Wound Reopened

Emaygee95

New Member
Hi, the title might be confusing but hopefully when I explain what I mean you can understand.

I had my cyst extraction surgery in September of last year and had to miss work for four weeks because of it. After having the surgery and spending the recovery time home, the stitches (they placed the stitches inside) had dissolved I'm assuming and the wound was open and the doctor said to just let it close which I did and it took quite a long time to do so. During that time I couldn't sit a certain way for too long without getting pain and I couldn't lay on my back at all because it would cause pain. Once it finally closed I was able to sit however and I was able to lay on my back for some time but not for too long because pain would come.

This next part is TMI.
So back in June while I was having sex with my boyfriend, I felt pain in the area and then he told me I was bleeding. I visited the doctor and he said to be gentle and careful but it would close back up. It did a few days later and hasn't opened again until this past weekend. It didn't bleed much if at all, but it's open once again. I was wondering if anyone else (specifically female) has experienced this as well? If you've experienced this in general feel free to comment and share what you did.

I wouldn't mind having another surgery since the pain from it was nothing when compared to when I had the cyst itself but I don't want to have to go to that extreme if there's no need.
 

secondBH

New Member
I had closed wound surgery that reopened 6 weeks after, and then took 8 months to fully close. I would say it’s definitely worth it trying to get it to heal without another surgery.

Some things I did that helped (my healing wasn’t linear, it took a few months to figure things out):
- rinsing our the wound with a squirt bottle in the shower. I would take two showers a day, each time filling up a small squirt bottle and rinsing the wound a couple of times. After the shower I would use a hair dryer for ~30 seconds to dry the area, and then finally cover it with two gauze sponges (the first rolled up and tucked against the wound, the second folded and taped over top the first).
- going for walks. I found I had the best luck when I totaled about 10k to 15k steps a day. I would try to go on a 15 minute walk at lunch, and a longer 30-45 minute walk later after work.

it sounds like maybe your wound is healing on the surface but not underneath? I’m three months removed from the wound closing and still taking it easy (sleeping on stomach/side, using donut pillow, not playing contact sports) because I really want to just get past it.
 

Mach2003

New Member
I had closed wound surgery that reopened 6 weeks after, and then took 8 months to fully close. I would say it’s definitely worth it trying to get it to heal without another surgery.

Some things I did that helped (my healing wasn’t linear, it took a few months to figure things out):
- rinsing our the wound with a squirt bottle in the shower. I would take two showers a day, each time filling up a small squirt bottle and rinsing the wound a couple of times. After the shower I would use a hair dryer for ~30 seconds to dry the area, and then finally cover it with two gauze sponges (the first rolled up and tucked against the wound, the second folded and taped over top the first).
- going for walks. I found I had the best luck when I totaled about 10k to 15k steps a day. I would try to go on a 15 minute walk at lunch, and a longer 30-45 minute walk later after work.

it sounds like maybe your wound is healing on the surface but not underneath? I’m three months removed from the wound closing and still taking it easy (sleeping on stomach/side, using donut pillow, not playing contact sports) because I really want to just get past it.
Your story sounds like my son’s - he’s 17 and had his second closed wound surgery almost 8 weeks ago and now there’s a spot that’s reopened and very painful. Will definitely have him try some of your tips. Heartbreaking to watch him go through this.
 

secondBH

New Member
Your story sounds like my son’s - he’s 17 and had his second closed wound surgery almost 8 weeks ago and now there’s a spot that’s reopened and very painful. Will definitely have him try some of your tips. Heartbreaking to watch him go through this.
One other thing I just thought of, definitely make sure to shave it consistently (once a week seemed to work for me). Initially, I mostly relied on the surgeon to clip the hairs because I was worried I'd accidentally open the wound up wider trying to shave it (I had to do it myself, using a mirror and electric shaver). After months of doing this though, I never opened the wound up wider once. I also made sure to rinse the wound out with the squirt bottle afterwards to make sure no stray hairs got stuck in there.

Happy to do my best to answer questions/provide some more info if you'd like! There is no good time to have this (I'm 27), but I especially feel for the high school and college students suffering from it.
 
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Mach2003

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Thank you so much - I did go out and purchase a Philips One Blade shaver and started using it last night. He was doing laser hair removal treatments but stopped just before the surgery at the dr’s suggestion. I have not once seen the area until yesterday because I was not allowed - I’m sure you can understand that. But the doctor we went to convinced him that it’s necessary to help him take care of this. It is a terrible thing for young people, including yourself to have to go through.
 

secondBH

New Member
Thank you so much - I did go out and purchase a Philips One Blade shaver and started using it last night. He was doing laser hair removal treatments but stopped just before the surgery at the dr’s suggestion. I have not once seen the area until yesterday because I was not allowed - I’m sure you can understand that. But the doctor we went to convinced him that it’s necessary to help him take care of this. It is a terrible thing for young people, including yourself to have to go through.
I haven’t done the laser hair removal, but it’s something I plan to explore. Best of luck!
 
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