Surgery is a common treatment in medicine. When the surgery is finished, a wound will be left, which is called a surgical wound. Surgical wounds are often sutured with surgical sutures or with metal clips to keep the edges of the wound together, allowing for faster healing.
Proper surgical wound care plays an important role in the healing process. How do I know if my surgical wound is getting the right care? The following article would like to share some notes when taking care of this type of wound.
1. Cleaning the incision
Need to clean the incision with physiological saline and antiseptic solution. Make sure the incision is always dry and airy. The number of cleanings depends on the amount of fluid generated by the incision. Normally, in the first days after surgery, the incision will be cleaned once a day, then it can be cleaned once every other day, depending on the condition of the incision.
Should use gauze with good fluid absorption such as hydrofiber, alginate if the wound exudes a lot of fluid, use foam gauze if the wound exudes moderate. These types of gauze ensure that the fluid is well absorbed, the oxygen exchange takes place normally, limiting the adhesion of gauze to the wound, so it will not cause pain for the patient each time the gauze is changed and helps to reduce the number of times that need to be changed. gauze.
3. Foot care only
When washing the wound, pay attention to the area around the foot only to see if there is swelling, swelling, and redness. Pay attention, do not pull the leg only sticking up at the skin surface.
If the wound is sutured with dissolvable sutures, the suture will dissolve within 7-10 days. As for the wound that is sutured with regular sutures, the sutures need to be removed after 5-21 days. If you notice that the area around the leg is only swollen, red, red, and the wound is oozing pus, it is necessary to perform a suture cut or cut the whole leg just to expose the wound and wash the wound from the inside.
Nutrition is a source of raw materials for the healing process, such as protein, which is the building block of cells, prothrmbine, enzymes, hormones, the body’s resistance,… Iron, folic acid, vitamin B12, etc. .are the necessary elements for the body’s hematopoietic process. Vitamin C helps increase resistance, vascular strength and better absorption of iron. Oxygen stimulates granulosa cells to grow, forming fibroblasts, collagen. Therefore, providing adequate nutrients is an important and indispensable part of wound care.