Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Wound Dehiscence Treatment

Treatment for wound dehiscence may include re-closing the wound, or surgery to repair the wound. Additional treatment may include antibiotics and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

Treatment for wound dehiscence may include:

Wound Dehiscence Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of wound dehiscence.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • Will I need occupational therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having a wound dehiscence again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Wound Dehiscence Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat wound dehiscence:

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Last Updated: Jun 7, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Wound Dehiscence References
  1. Gabrielli F, Potenza C, Puddu P, Sera F, Masini C, Abeni D. Suture materials and other factors associated with tissue reactivity, infection, and wound dehiscence among plastic surgery outpatients. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2001 Jan;107(1):38-45. [11176599]
  2. Webster C, Neumayer L, Smout R, Horn S, Daley J, Henderson W, Khuri S; National Veterans Affairs Surgical Quality Improvement Program. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Display&dopt=pubmed_pubmed&from_uid=12643854Prognostic models of abdominal wound dehiscence after laparotomy. J Surg Res. 2003 Feb;109(2):130-7. [12643854]
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