It's been almost 2 months since my initial surgery. Unfortunately, there is a 2 1/2 inch section of my incision that hasn't healed. Last week, I made an appointment for today to see my plastic surgeon to find out what is going on. Last night, when I showered, one of the remaining scabs came off, only to reveal a HOLE.
Anyway, I went to the doctor today and when I FINALLY got back into the room (after over an hour in the waiting room) he didn't have the best things to say. At least it wasn't infected. However, it wasn't healing and the skin was dying.
What do they do with dead flesh? I mean, outside of sicking the maggots on it. *laugh*
Say it with me folks.....Debridement.
It made me so sick to my stomach, but he says that this will make it start healing. He also said that part of the problem is my having four abdominal surgeries where I was cut through that section. I can't imagine how the people who are severely burned do this, especially on such large portions of their body. *shiver*
- In the next surgery, he will cut out the ropey-like scar tissue and restitch.
- I have to do a wet-dry dressing three times a day until it heals
- Packing a wet-dry dressing SUCKS!!! It involves soaking gauze in saline, and then taking a pointy stick to POKE it into my wounds. Then, rip it back out and do it all over again. Three times a day!!!!
- I have to wear a bra and surgical binder non-stop (except for in the shower) until probably May.