Surgical wound care is very important for the patients’ health. Surgical wounds are sensitive and need to be dealt with care. If proper care of the wound is not observed it can lead to serious consequences. The care of a surgical wound largely depends on the patient himself. Therefore, it is important to learn some basics for surgical wound care. Good care of the wound will also help in quick healing and less pain.
Most surgical wounds will take approximately two weeks for healing. The healing time may get longer in case you are taking steroids or other medications. A surgical wound may have stitches (dissolvable or removable), surgical glue or staples. For the proper care of your wound, take care of the following steps:
- Raise your wound above the level of your heart. This will help in healing and lessening the swelling.
- Do not touch the stitches, the glue or the tape. Touching will cause irritation that may affect the wound.
- If you are experiencing itching, then consult your doctor. He may prescribe you a medication for relief.
- If the wound is bleeding, do not use an alcohol or any kind of detergent on it. Apply slight pressure to stop bleeding. Always observe patience and slightly pat the wound by means of a cotton or medical wound pad. Consult a doctor if the bleeding does not stop.
- Discuss with your doctor to understand how often your dressing needs to be changed or exposed.