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open wound, how long before yours healed?

open wound, how long before yours healed?

Postby anxious_in_ny » Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:42 am

I have 2 open wounds (next to eachother) on my right side.. they're not huge, but I think this is week 4 that I've had them. Does anyone know how long it takes for them to heal? I've been packing them wet to dry 2/3x a day.. the dr said if they don't heal on their own, she would have to surgically close them.. I'm trying everything to avoid that! :(
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Re: open wound, how long before yours healed?

Postby anndon » Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:53 pm

I wish I knew!! I have been wet/dry packing my open wound /necrosis for 2 weeks now. It really worries me and I think about it all the time. My PS is confident it will heal just fine on it's own. How big are your wounds? Mine is about the size if your were to touch your thumb to index finger into a circle.
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Re: open wound, how long before yours healed?

Postby bdladie » Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:06 pm

Well I have been 4 weeks with 2 holes, the larger one is almost closed but the smaller one has not changed size at all. The smaller hole is right in the crease of my right leg so I think that is why it is not healing. I already know that in April when he does my chest I will have the whole front redone so I am not to worried.

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Re: open wound, how long before yours healed?

Postby mamaags » Wed Feb 10, 2010 5:14 pm

i have a small hole or two in the very front so i changed my tapes and just put new on it i see my dr next wk so i will show him. its like a fish lips hole. not big not a pain or anything but im shocked it has not dried up
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Re: open wound, how long before yours healed?

Postby MrsDayna » Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:42 pm

OH GIRLS!
i feel your pain. I had a TT on 11/19/09. Shortly after that, it was discovered that a staph infection had set in.

I was packing/unpacking daily for 2-3 weeks. I want to say that it was around New Years that i didn't have to do the packing thing. It was probably a good month to 5 weeks that i had an open wound. it finally closed but now I am going for scar revision soon.
this was unlike anything that I had ever experienced. I hope you heal soon. I can definately understand........
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Re: open wound, how long before yours healed?

Postby ladywendolyn » Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:47 pm

Last night I spent a bunch of time online researching wound healing and was there anything that I could do to speed it up. I was rather discouraged by what I found . . . for chronic wounds that are slower than the rest of the tissue . . . it can take months . . .!!

The whole process is all about your body removing the dead tissue and regrowing new stuff,
and this takes time . . . a minimum of three weeks . . . they only common issue raised was to keep the area moist and free from germs.

The only other thing that I could find that was helpful, is that they studied people who excercise to see if their wounds would heal faster . . . they purposely punctured people on the back of their arm, then . . half the people excecised and half did not. They came to the conclusion that those who excecised (the walked moderately) had their wounds heal 25% faster than those who did not. They concluded that increased circulation played a role in the quicker healing.

Another study I found made a good connection between nutrition, hydration and wound healing.

So I we just need to eat really healthy, excercise moderatly, and keep on packing those wounds . . . yipee . . . !! I am sure your all as excited as me about this . . .sigh!!
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Re: open wound, how long before yours healed?

Postby rtpixie » Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:40 pm

Hi ladies - open wounds do take a REALLY long time to heal. I had a significantly large opening (necrosis) and it was many weeks of packing wet/dry before it closed up. It is a hassle, but it does eventually heal. Remember that mine was really big (check my pics if you dare), so it may take less time for you.
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Re: open wound, how long before yours healed?

Postby anndon » Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:56 pm

rtpixie wrote:Hi ladies - open wounds do take a REALLY long time to heal. I had a significantly large opening (necrosis) and it was many weeks of packing wet/dry before it closed up. It is a hassle, but it does eventually heal. Remember that mine was really big (check my pics if you dare), so it may take less time for you.


I tried to send you an email a few days ago- don't know if you ever saw it. My necrosis area is maybe 3/4 of yours. I am so sick of it!! went back today bc they think I had a small hematoma next to the wound and the skin looked scaley- PS didn't seem concerned. SHe hasn't this whole time- just keeps telling me I will be fine and I am healing.
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Re: open wound, how long before yours healed?

Postby rtpixie » Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:28 pm

anndon wrote:
I tried to send you an email a few days ago- don't know if you ever saw it. My necrosis area is maybe 3/4 of yours. I am so sick of it!! went back today bc they think I had a small hematoma next to the wound and the skin looked scaley- PS didn't seem concerned. SHe hasn't this whole time- just keeps telling me I will be fine and I am healing.


Nope, I didn't get your email. I'm sorry you are going through this. I was pretty discouraged when mine opened up. Now, I am happy to say that it eventually does end...the packing, getting ooked out every time you look at it, worrying about whether it will close or not, how big the scar will be...I know - it sucks - but it does end. I do have a nasty scar now, but it is healed. During the healing process, I was sure I would NOT let the ps revise the scar. I just didn't want to be cut again and go through more healing. Now....I'm thinking I might let him do it. I see him in March and we will decide then. He, of course, thinks it is no big deal to revise and is just planning on it. He never took me seriously when I said I wouldn't let him. lol. I guess he knew I would get over it.

Just keep plugging along - it will heal eventually. :)
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Re: open wound, how long before yours healed?

Postby jellybean1974 » Thu Feb 11, 2010 5:08 pm

Ladies let me start by saying I had the worst openings you could ver ever imagine! one was five inches by five inches!!! the necrosis was soo bad i lost blood supply like you wold not believe. NONE of it was the Dr's fault nd he was sooo wonderful. I lost my whole left nipple too! I PROMISE YOU ON EVERYTHING IT WILL HEAL!!!!!!! eat healthy keep it clean and it will heal. I think I have become the master at this. eat healthy drink lots of water. listen to your dr and it will be fine. It seems like the worst thing of your life but it just made me a stronger person! I was laid up for 4 months. I now am back at the gym four times a week and living life to its fullest i will be going in for revsions on the scars and then tattooing my left nipple on but i am going to wait a year till that. I am telling you it consumes your life I would stare at it all the time and cry my eyes out but you know what....I am healthy happy and I dont look back now look under mastopexy and scroll down to surgery and implants didnt go as planned and you can read my story there. the password for the pictures is whyme...........if anyone wants to talk i am here
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Re: open wound, how long before yours healed?

Postby anxious_in_ny » Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:28 pm

anndon wrote:I wish I knew!! I have been wet/dry packing my open wound /necrosis for 2 weeks now. It really worries me and I think about it all the time. My PS is confident it will heal just fine on it's own. How big are your wounds? Mine is about the size if your were to touch your thumb to index finger into a circle.


I had a small (maybe the size of an eraser ontop of a pencil) on my left side which closed using wet to dry. I have 2 wounds on my right side next to eachother one has gotten smaller (maybe the same size the left one was) and the other is about the size of a peanut m and m..

I found this online, its the stages of a wound.
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Mine was picture 1 for the longest (yellow and weeping), my doctor ordered something called Promogran Prisma Matrix (its like a sponge that you cut and put directly into the wound, I started this on Monday afternoon 2/8, less than a week later its already stage 2 (the 2nd picture on the right, more red, less weepy), I'm happy its healing and even though its the same size, I'll continue to hope she doesn't want to close it with surgery. The scar might be a little bigger there but it will fade, I'd rather that than another surgery!

keep us posted on yours, maybe you could ask your doctor about Promogran Prisma, its a sponge that I was told some diabetics use if they develop ulcers. Another thing I read is protein is important, try adding more protein to your diet and it will help regenerate tissue.
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Re: open wound, how long before yours healed?

Postby anxious_in_ny » Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:31 pm

thanks for the positive words from those who had open wounds, patience is everything and soon enough we'll all be as good as those who have healed! <3
WLS Surgery 3/06 (-138lb)
PS 12/15- CTT, MR and lipo on back flanks

"Compression Garments are made to help you heal, not stop circulation, too tight will lead to steps back, not steps forward"! (a sign on my ps' office wall)
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Re: open wound, how long before yours healed?

Postby anxious_in_ny » Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:38 pm

here are 2 reviews on amazon about promogran prisma (there are 2 types, promogran and promogran prisma, the difference is promogran prisma has silver from what I'm figuring in it which helps with weeping sores, I was prescribed silvadeen (sp) for my bellybutton when it was healing slowly, the silver is suppose to help in the healing process)

anyway, here are the reviews!


This disolving bandage was recommended to me by a wound specialist physician to heal a recurrent skin-fold wound that wouldn't close. It is so expensive-- about $18 per pad. After a daily bath, the patient cuts the pad into a little sliver that just covers the wound, and then puts a gauze or a soft absorbant bandandage over it. The Prisma disolves over a 24-hour period, and my wounds usually close after 4-7 days if I catch them right away. Each wound causes me to go through about one pad, and the doctor says it is not to be used preventatively. The product continues to do its majic each time I get the wound. It is not a prescription item, so my insurance doesn't cover it. My flexible spending account covers it.
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This product was used to treat a wound on a nose that was very deep in and with a the use of this product the wound filled itself and started to heal rapidly. It was also used to treat cellulitis infection together with antibiotics on a leg where various wounds healed better than with anything the doctor prescribed.

With just a small piece that covers the wound soaked in saline solution, it is one of the best products out there for fast wound healing. Thanks!
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ps - mine was covered by insurance, so it wouldn't hurt to ask! :)
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Re: open wound, how long before yours healed?

Postby ladywendolyn » Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:12 pm

I am using a product that I ordered from this website, called hydro-gel sheeting, . . . it is recommended for healing the scar, but is also used for healing burns etc, in different applications. It speeds up the healing process by keeping the area at a constant temperature or moisture level, 24 hours per day. I am also using the saline solution/gauze inside my BB with the hydro-gel sheet on top. I have had it on for two days now and it is making a difference.

The only limitation with this product, is that the wound you cover can't be oozing, so it is not appropriate for on big areas as far as I can tell . . . but after hours of research online, I have become convinced that the more I can keep the area moist and clean the faster it will heal. So hopefully this will help me a bit.
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Re: open wound, how long before yours healed?

Postby anndon » Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:35 pm

My wound seems to be getting smaller. I am using the small guaze pads to pack and I have been using 2 squares of it (1/2 the pad) Today I only needed 1 square! I can't tell from looking- but obviously it must be getting shallower...(not sure that is a word!!)
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