Surgical Wound Complications

Princeton Wound Care

When you have complications with your surgical wound after you’ve had surgery, it can cause anxiety and make your postoperative recovery more difficult. The team at Princeton Wound Care (PWC) in Princeton, New Jersey, offers knowledgeable support and treatment when you have surgical wound complications that prolong your recovery time. Using advanced treatments, they provide ongoing care until your wound is fully healed. In addition to in-office care, PWC also offers on-site treatment at assisted-living facilities, rehab centers, and long-term care facilities in New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, and Delaware. For a consultation, call the office.

Surgical Wound Complications Q & A

What is a surgical wound?

A surgical wound, also called a postoperative wound, refers to the incision or other alterations in your tissues that you may have after surgery. Surgical wounds may be open, closed with staples or stitches, or a combination of internal stitches and external staples.

Typically, you can safely take care of your surgical wounds at home after surgery. However, if you have complications, your surgical wounds may become infected or not heal properly and need advanced treatment as a result. 

Surgical wound complications may lead to:

  • Increased pain
  • Systemic infection
  • Tissue death or loss
  • Further hospitalization 
  • Severe scarring
  • Longer postoperative recovery
  • Loss of mobility or function
  • Postponed physical therapy or rehabilitation

Those at higher risk of having surgical wound complications include men and women who smoke, have poor nutrition, or are obese. Health conditions that may prevent proper healing of surgical wounds include diabetes, immune system deficiencies, poor circulation, and peripheral artery disease. 

How can I prevent surgical wound complications?

You can help prevent surgical wound complications by carefully following your surgeon’s postoperative instructions. These instructions may include:

  • Keeping the wound clean and dry 
  • Changing dressings regularly
  • Avoiding scratching or irritating the wound
  • Keeping follow-up appointments with your surgeon
  • Seeking expert wound care if the wound is not healing properly

Surgical site infections are the most common of all surgical wound complications. Following your surgeon’s instructions can decrease your chances of infection or other complications. However, despite your best efforts, some wounds still require specialized surgical wound care.

What are the symptoms of surgical wound complications? 

When you have a surgical wound, it’s essential that you monitor your wound daily. If you notice signs of infection or other complications, you should let your surgeon know. 

Signs of surgical wound complications may include:

  • Increased pain at the surgical site
  • Fever, sweating, or chills
  • Increased bleeding from the site
  • Pus or abnormal drainage from the site
  • Increased redness or swelling at the site
  • Gaping or opening of the surgical incision

If you have surgical wound complications, your surgeon refers you to PWC to oversee your treatment and improve your chances of complete recovery. 

What are the treatment options for surgical wound complications?

The team at PWC offers support for complete surgical wound healing and advanced treatment options when you have surgical wound complications. Customized treatment plans may include:

  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Skin grafting
  • Ostomy care
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Dressing changes
  • In-home wound care

PWC provides expert postsurgical wound care at your inpatient facility. 

For a consultation regarding your surgical wound complications, call Princeton Wound Care. Services provided include care in assisted-living facilities, rehab centers, and nursing homes in New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, and Delaware.