Will I ever heal? What is the best form of action for healing? (Photo)
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Healing After Brachioplasty in Melbourne, Florida
Signs and Symptoms of a Wound Infection?
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of a Wound Infection?
- Increasing redness around the wound
- Warm or red skin
- A red streak spreading from the wound
- An increase in wound drainage
- Pus or cloudy fluid draining from the wound
- A foul odor or abnormal smell
- Fever or chills
- Increased pain
- Tenderness at or in the area of the infected bone
- Increased swelling around the wound
- The wound gets bigger
- The wound has blisters, black or brown dead tissue
- Increased weakness
- A wound that won't heal
When will this heal
Peter Fisher M.D
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Will I ever heal? What is the best form of action for healing?
Will My Brachioplasty Wound Ever Heal?
Obviously, good wound care is necessary to heal any wound. Visiting your wound care center and being on antibiotics keeping the bacterial count down are all essential elements in getting a wound to heal.
Seeing your personal plastic surgeon, of course, gives you the best chance of therapy and, ultimately, wound healing. The normal wound healing process comes in two basic elements. First, once the bacterial count is down, wounds tend to contract, i.e. get smaller. Second, at some point, scar tissue will cover the wound and protect you from recurrent bacterial contamination.
If you were my patient and once the bacteria culture is negative, and/or once granulation tissue covers the entire open area, I would go down to your elbow and liposuction the posterior or lower part of your upper arm. This would take the tension off the suture line allowing the two wound edges to come together easier and get your wound to a point where the open area could conceivably be excised or at least treated much more effectively.
I am sure your plastic surgeon has his or her own paradigm for dealing with this sort of problem. All plastic surgeons who do enough brachioplasties will have a tension point and some wound dehiscence. We have all learned from these unfortunate episodes the most efficacious technique for wound healing.
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