Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Wound Dehiscence Home Care

Home care for wound dehiscence includes:

  • Carefully follow post-operative wound instructions:
    • Protect the wound from injury.
    • Keep the wound clean and dry.
    • Change the bandage as directed.
    • Apply antibiotic to the wound edges 1-3 times per day.
  • Avoid activities that may injure the wound.
    • Wounds remain weak for 6-8 weeks.
  • Do not scratch a surgical wound:
    • This increases the risk for infection.
  • Acetaminophen for pain or fever
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Wound Dehiscence Pain Control

Medications commonly used to control pain and inflammation in adults with wound dehiscence include:

  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Adult dosing is 2 regular strength (325 mg) every 4 hours or 2 extra-strength (500 mg) every 6 hours.
  • Maximum dose is 4,000 mg per day.
  • Avoid this drug if you have alcoholism, liver disease or an allergy to the drug. See the package instructions.
  • Common brand names include Tylenol, Panadol, and many others.





NSAID Precautions

Wound Dehiscence Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have wound dehiscence and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Jan 7, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Wound Dehiscence References
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