Symptoms of Surgical Wounds

Surgical wounds are monitored closely for infection. Signs of infection in your surgical wound may include:
  • Redness around the wound
  • Skin around the wound is hot to touch
  • Increased pain in the area
  • Drainage that is cloudy, discolored, or foul-smelling
  • Swelling
  • Fever

Surgical Wounds Risk Factors:

Risk factors for developing an infected surgical wound may include:
  • Poorly maintained wound dressings
  • Wounds located near areas of contamination (near the mouth or groin)
  • Wounds contaminated by debris or foreign objects
  • Weak immune system
  • Excess weight
  • History of smoking
  • Diabetes

Types of Surgical Wounds Treatment

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Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

Treatment Type 1

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT), also referred to as wound vac, is a treatment method used to assist in healing chronic wounds, diabetic ulcers, venous ulcers, pressure ulcers, at-risk surgical wounds, and certain burns. Wound therapy can speed up the healing process so you can get back to enjoying your life.

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Specialty Dressings and Wound Care Supplies

Treatment Type 2

When caring for wounds, you'll often need specific dressings to aid in the healing process. Wound dressing manufacturers offer a wide variety of specialty dressings, collagens, silvers, alginates, and even basics such as gauze, tape, and bandages.

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