For those of you that let an open wound heal from the bottom up

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tryingtokeepmyheadup
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   Posted 7/7/2011 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Here I go with another question!  I've sure had a lot of them lately!  One of my incisions got infected and opened up two inches all around and two inches deep.  I've been packing it with saline soaked gauze strips and covering it with a gauze pad.  It is now only about 1/4 inch deep and seems to be healing nicely.  My question: what do I do when it becomes flush with the rest of my skin and I can no longer pack it?  I was told it needed to stay wet to heal properly.  Should I use antibiotic on the gauze / will it burn?  Any other suggestions?
DX 2/10 UP. DX 07/10 UC. Pancolitis. tried: Canasa, Asacol, Bentyl, Imodium, Imuran, Prednisone, Flagyl, Cipro, Remicade, Codeine, Tramadol, Xanax, Morphine, Vicodin, Prozac, ~ nothing worked. 1st surgery 6/8/11! 2 more to go!

tryingtokeepmyheadup
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   Posted 7/7/2011 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
No I'm not, she is 3 hours away...
DX 2/10 UP. DX 07/10 UC. Pancolitis. tried: Canasa, Asacol, Bentyl, Imodium, Imuran, Prednisone, Flagyl, Cipro, Remicade, Codeine, Tramadol, Xanax, Morphine, Vicodin, Prozac, ~ nothing worked. 1st surgery 6/8/11! 2 more to go!

Blueheron
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   Posted 7/7/2011 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Mine was a little different because I had a wound vac, and then silver alginate dressing when that was off. Once my wound was almost healed, the nurse had me fold a dry piece of gauze over it held in place with 3M Medipore tape. She said at that point it shouldn't be wet since it was mainly scar tissue with just a teeny tiny bit of granulated tissue that was flush, 1 cm long and 1/4 cm wide (down from 2 cm deep, 13 cm long and 3 cm wide). The wound drained a little more onto the dry gauze at that point, but completely closed in three days. I really don't think it is something you can guess at though. Can you call the nurse and ask her what to do over the phone? I think it would really matter how much granulated tissue you still have versus healed skin.
-39 years old
-Officially diagnosed with UC in 2006, though had symptoms since 1999.
-Had mild/moderate symptoms continuously until severe flare in autumn 2010 which required 2-week hospital stay
-Took Asacol, Rowasa, Canasa and Prednisone to manage flares but meds stopped working
-Tried 1 dose of Remicade but had excruciating joint pain and discontinued
-Had permanent ileostomy surgery 11/8/2010

windy city
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   Posted 7/8/2011 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I used a calcium/alginate for over a month. I had a laporatomy colectomy and blood thinners for a clot made my incision open. Towards the end of my wound, I was at this point getting about 1 to 2 little stips of alginate in the wound, I saw my surgeon and he said that packing isn't necessary anymore. To use antibiotic ointment, rub in wound and cover with gauze to heal, don't tape all around to let air aid in healing. Took little over a week & everything worked out!

betsaronie
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   Posted 7/8/2011 11:35 PM (GMT -7)   
You could call the wound specialist and ask them this question, or find one at a local hospital, each hospital has at least one WOC nurse around.

For me at least, when i was packing my wound and the hole became small enough that I could no longer keep the packing in, i just stopped packing it and covered it with gauze. But then i wasn't told to keep it wet either. I never soaked my strips at all, just stuffed em in there and covered it with a dressing. the only other thing i can think is when its not really packable, you can take you soaked gauze and place it on the wound and the cover it.

But yeah, either call you specialist since you can't visit her or find a local person to ask. (was your GI local? if so they may be able to recommend a wound person to you.)
-diagnosed with UC Dec 2006 at 22
-allergic or intolerant to all 5ASAs, sulfa and 6-mp
-emergency transverse colostomy on 9/13/10 from perforated colon
-J-pouch surgery step 1 of 2 3/21/11
-Takedown 6/13/11

tryingtokeepmyheadup
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   Posted 7/9/2011 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I was looking for personal experiences vs. WOC nurse advice... I'd like to hear if antibiotic burned the open wound or not from someone that tried it. I'm sure the nurse will just say to keep it covered and stop packing it like my surgeon said but if antibiotic or something else will help it heal better than I'm interested in hearing about it.
DX 2/10 UP. DX 07/10 UC. Pancolitis. tried: Canasa, Asacol, Bentyl, Imodium, Imuran, Prednisone, Flagyl, Cipro, Remicade, Codeine, Tramadol, Xanax, Morphine, Vicodin, Prozac, ~ nothing worked. 1st surgery 6/8/11! 2 more to go!
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