Surgical wound healing is a complex process that you can take steps to improve throughout your recovery.
Once you have undergone surgery and are on the road to recovery, you may wonder, “How does the body heal itself?” Developing a basic understanding of the healing process can help you take appropriate measures to support your body while it heals. The time it takes for surgical wound healing varies from person-to-person depending on your age, hygiene, nutrition, and the type of surgery.
It’s important to take care of your post-surgical wounds.
In 2010, surgeons in the U.S. performed an astounding 51.4 million operations, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Whether it was hip or knee replacements, coronary bypass grafts or hysterectomies, a large chunk of patients contended with post-surgical wounds. Developing the right post-op wound care plan is one way to manage the estimated 158,000 surgical infections that happen each year, per the CDC’s 2011 figures.
Depending on the wound, showering could be a safe option for some post-surgical patients.
When it comes to post-surgical wound care, the prospect of showering often proves challenging. As important as cleanliness is to combating certain bacterial strains, shower gels and similar cleaners can irritate the wound site. Yet, in recent years, more research has proven just how vital cleaning is in effective post-surgical care. A 2013 study published in the American Journal of Infection Control found that chlorhexidine gluconate application can significantly reduce the risk of infection.
The question begs, can scientists do anything to make post-surgical showering a more viable option? As it turns out, yes they can. In a new study published in the Annals of Surgery, a group of Chinese researchers found a safe and effective way for post-surgical patients to shower.
Being able to take care of yourself after surgery is imperative.
Everyone leads busy lives. Health and medical issues don’t seem to be concerned with timing or schedules, and sometimes surgery is necessary at an especially inconvenient time. If you live alone or you partner has to go to work, you’re likely to find yourself alone at some point after surgery. Daily activities will be difficult while recovering but not impossible. Hopefully you’ll have some help, but some basic wound care tips will make your recovery go smoothly.
Diabetics have higher risks of wound healing complications following surgery.
If you have diabetes, you are well aware of the importance of maintaining control of your blood sugar levels to prevent serious health problems. The same is true when it comes to surgical wound care. When you undergo surgery, because you have diabetes, you are at a much higher risk of having complications or developing a wound infection. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can cause serious and even life-threatening complications, making safe and effective wound care practices crucial following surgery.