Post-Operative Wound Care in Princeton, NJ
What is a post-operative wound?
A post-operative wound, also called a surgical wound, refers to the incision wound left over after surgery. Most post-operative wounds can be cared for at home and will heal over a few weeks. However, they must be treated with care to prevent infection and to ensure timely healing. In some cases, infection can develop in a post-operative wound, or the wound can have trouble healing. In these cases, it may be necessary to consult with a post surgery wound care specialist at Princeton Wound Care Center in New Jersey, to ensure proper healing of your wound and to prevent further complications.
How can a post-operative wound be cared for at home?
Some common methods of treating your post-operative wound at home may include:
- Elevating the wound to reduce swelling
- Keeping the wound clean
- Changing sterile bandages
- Avoiding scratching or irritating the wound
What are the symptoms of a surgical wound infection or complication?
It is important to watch your surgical wound’s healing very carefully to make sure it is healing properly and doesn’t become infected. Signs of infection may include:
- Sudden increased pain in wound area
- Sweats and/or chills
- Bleeding from the wound
- Pus or fluid from the wound
- Increased redness or swelling in wound area
What are the risk factors for an infection or post-operative wound complication?
The chances of developing an infection or other wound complication after a surgical procedure may increase if you have any of the following conditions:
- Immune deficiencies
What are the post-operative wound treatment options at Princeton Wound Care Center?
After surgery, your doctor may recommend one or more of the following conservative wound management treatments:
- Elevating the wound above the heart
- Maintaining clean and proper bandaging
- Avoiding scratching the wound / stitches
- Apply pressure to the wound if bleeding occurs (inform your doctor immediately if bleeding persists)
- Practice care when changing bandages
When post-surgical wounds become infected or do not heal properly, your doctor may recommend one of the following advanced treatment options, available at Princeton Wound Care Center:
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)
- Skin grafting
- Ostomy care
If you’re suffering from a post-operative wound, it is important to consult with a postoperative wound care specialist at Princeton Wound Care Center in New Jersey. Our state-of-the-art facility, complete with hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers, is home to experienced physicians who are experts in complex and chronic wound care. Call our office today at 609-945-3611 or fill out the form on this page to contact our office.