• Open Wound Care

    Asked by jearlesred on Tuesday, May 7, 2013

    Open Wound Care

    Hello, I recently had a colostomy put in due to an abscess, leak, and subsequent infection. My doctors also did a bit of exploratory surgery to access the health of the colon. To prevent further infection, he left the wound 'open'. I've cared for an open wound before (ileostomy reversal), but never for one right in the middle of my belly. Is there a way to care for this wound that will prevent it from gaping too much - from making the scar too wide?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • CrazyHarry's Avatar

      My daughter had some bladder surgery and had a huge open wound. It took quote a while to heal, but in the end, the scar was a lot smaller than I expected.. It's amazing what our bodies can do.

      My wife also had an open wound, which we used a wound vac on. It was a little inconvenient but she healed extremely fast. You may want to check in with your doctors.

      best wishes in your healing journey..

      over 3 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      I had a major open wound after abdominal surgery, and the scar wasn't wide. It did close in from the ends over time.

      over 3 years ago
    • BeckyTice's Avatar

      I had robotic surgery at the belly button. Then developed Seroma [an open wound] and it's just no fun. Seroma is caused when the body heals too quickly and closes over the fluid filled hole... or that's how I understand it.

      This is how I understand a Seroma... A seroma is an accumulation of fluid in a tissue or organ that can occur after surgery. The fluid, called serum, leaks out. Cells are typically present in the fluid, which is normally clear. If it gets blocked, or heals over too quickly, it can get infected.

      Here's what I was told.... Seek prompt medical care if you notice a lump near the surgical site, if fluid starts to drain from the surgical site, if there is redness, warmth or swelling, or if the site feels tender. Also seek prompt medical care if you have a seroma that is being monitored and you notice an increase in its size, or if fluid drainage, redness, warmth, swelling or tenderness develop at the site.

      They had to cut open the seroma and put me on some pretty hefty antibiotics that were not so nice to my veins. My daughter [a GNA] has been repacking the wounds twice a day and I've been doing so much better.

      For more information google seroma, but don't let it scare you.... get the information you need and put it behind you. In my opinion, some people wait too long to get help [thinking they did something wrong or thinking it's more cancer issues] and cause some pretty nasty pictures to be posted on the internet. People who go to the doctor when they see a lump, redness, warmth or swelling don't look as bad... and can get it under control pretty quickly.

      Hope it helps...

      over 3 years ago

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