Swollen Surgical Wound Treatment
Treatment for post operative wound complications depends on the type of complication. Treatment may include wound care, antibiotics, and surgery.
Specific treatment for a wound infection includes:
- Surgical wound cleansing
- Antibiotics for wound infections
- Surgery to remove infected tissue from the wound
- Surgery to repair wound dehiscence:
- For a wound that opens or separates
- Incision and drainage for a wound abscess:
- To drain pus from an abscess
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
Incision and drainage includes:
- The skin is sterilized using rubbing alcohol or an antibacterial soap.
- A local anesthetic is injected into the tissues surrounding the abscess.
- An incision is made with a scalpel.
- Pus is drained from the abscess.
- The abscess cavity is flushed clean.
- In some cases, a rubber drain or a strip of sterile gauze is packed inside the abscess cavity.
- The gauze or drain placed inside the abscess cavity is usually removed 24-36 hours later.
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Swollen Surgical Wound Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat post operative wound complications:
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