Friday will be 3 weeks since surgery. Dr took out stiches last Friday and saw him today where he removed the dressing only to find two areas which haven’t healed yet. He said not to worry as it isn’t infected. He has me still on antibiotics prophylactically.

Has anyone else had a wound that had problems healing?

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  1. Ya, (too) many people have — though it’s not a random sample, because people with problems are more likely to spend more time posting here. A few of the stories are sad, too, so they’re memorable way out of proportion to their frequency of occurrence. Most people do fine, and lots of them drift away from here quickly.

    There have been several good meta-studies crunching the number of various complications, post-op and also post-non-op. I’ve linked to a few of them on my two “study-intensive” blog pages. Most of them focus on comparing op to non-op, but they incidentally document the answer to your question in more detail (and with more statistical “confidence”) than anywhere else. Infections and non-closures and scar problems do happen, only on the “op” side of course. Adhesions are overwhelmingly on the “op” side, way rare non-op. DVT is around 3-to-1, IIRC, i.e., it does happens non-op, but maybe only 1/3 as likely/frequent. (All from memory.)

  2. how do i get to your blog to view studies on wound complications? thx

  3. I’d put complications into two categories-
    #1: re-ruptures and healing long; the really bad stuff - complications that necessitate a re-boot (no pun intended) of the healing process.
    #2: everything else (infections, adhesions, nerve damage, etc.).

    Overwhelmingly, surgery patients would be expected to have a much higher incidence of complications in category #2. The surgery itself is the underlying cause for many of them.

    My question is: how does surgical vs. non-surgical compare for complications in category #1?

    I really have no clue: just honestly curious if anybody has looked at the data that way-

  4. Great questions Ryan
    My knowledge is ltd but would refer to UWO study on re ruptures , I’ve no other info on healing long very interesting, I guess there’s no scientific study but I guess there should be. I guess the professionals should be laying the gauntlet on this but clearly are not, I think they are still at odds on the surgery v non but not on deep on this as you are .

  5. One real difficulty with answering the “healing long” question is that many with this complication don’t recognize/accept it until very late in the healing process. At 6 months, they might present as doing well on a normal healing trajectory… but a year later (Suthrnman is a recent example) they may realize they’re actually long, not getting any better, and headed to surgery to correct it.

    Or, even more difficult to track, there are people who are long, but have accepted/decided that the level of strength and function is acceptable, and opt not to “fix” it. I think I’m just a little bit long, but it’s certainly not severe enough to warrant surgery again.

    It’s a difficult (but not impossible) thing to measure.

  6. Hi Ryan
    Your way ahead of me on the thinking of this, but I applaud the challenge, indeed it’s people like you who will push the boundaries for others to take advantage, you and a few folks on here make me marvel at your train of thought, ill be honest it’s not a gift I have, we are unique in our strengths and talents but I draw on the strength and am in awe of your thought process, I’d welcome listening to norms and a few others views, it’s going to be interesting

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