Secondary Intention wound healing.. anyone been through this?

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Anybody on here experienced this method of wound healing where the site is left open to heal and repair from the inside out?

I was released from hospital last week after spending 10 days there on around the clock on intravenous meds to combat a post operative infection in my hip after a bone graft was taken from it. The wound has been left open to allow fluids to escape and I am currently having to visit the doctor's surgery daily to get the dressing changed.

 Apparently it's going to be a long haul for this wound to heal so I just wondered if any of you folks have gone through a similar situation and what your experiences of it were.

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  • strtdvstrtdv Frets: 1498
    It's the only way you'll heal a deep wound like that. If the skin closed over the top you'd have an abscess and it would need opened again.
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  • VimFuegoVimFuego Frets: 7622
    no direct experience of it, but when mrs f was 1st admitted to hospital the only bed available was in the HDU and there was a girl next to her who had that on her calf, did not sound fun at all when they were changing the wound. She was discharged a few days later so no idea how long it took to heal up. Hope it's soon, does not sound fun to me. 

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  • SlimbertSlimbert Frets: 206
    Yeah it's all normal. It does take longer but it's the best way for the wound to heal properly. Things can get nasty if they don't.

    If you don't mind me asking, how big is the wound? Have the mentioned the depth, length, width? They'll be measuring and monitoring the progress just wondering if they've told you.

    Are you having wet or dry dressings? Do you know what they are using to pack it with?
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  • SNAKEBITESNAKEBITE Frets: 857

    I have had several abscesses and each one, when drained had the area of skin cut away leaving an open wound.

    This was then packed with a non-stick dressing which was changed everyday. Slowly the wound heals from the bottom up, eventually covering and healing completely.

    Each time I was off work for 6 weeks, due to the location of the abscesses, but can be as little as 4 weeks to heal.

    It is a bit of a bind, but the time flies and it does heal well.


    Good luck.

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