Inner groin incision is dehisced 9 days post-op, bilateral medial thigh skin/tissue debulking surgery. Should I worry? (Photo)
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Wound Separation Following Thigh Lift Surgery
Your pictures demonstrate wound separation along your transverse groin incision. Unfortunately, wound separations aren't unusual following thigh lift surgery for a variety of reasons.
When patients undergo thigh lift surgery, the wounds are often closed under significant tension. In addition, the groin is an area that's often colonized by bacteria which can lead to infection. Both of these factors can contribute to areas of wound breakdown.
Wound separation following this type of procedure usually heals nicely with local wound care and dressing changes. It's not unusual for minor bleeding to occur with dressing changes as debris is removed from the wound surface. In most cases, healing is complete in 4 to 6 weeks, but this may vary from patient to patient. In a small number of cases, secondary scar revision may be necessary at a later date.
Even when thigh lift patients have wound separation, the clinical results following this procedure are excellent. After wound healing is complete, levels of patient satisfaction are high, as well.
Separated incision after major thigh lift
- The usual cause of dehiscence (wound separation) is underlying infection
- Another cause is tension (tightness) that pulls the healing incision apart before it is strong enough to resist.
- Call your surgeon to let her/him know what has happened.
- Also get instructions as to how s/he wants you to care for the incision./
- Until then, slightly moist gauze over the wound changed 2 - 4 x a day is the best dressing.
- Best wishes.
Delayed healing not uncommon in this area
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