I have had an experience with an incision that turned into an infection and then a wound. I had colon resection surgery. I had 3 laprascopic incisions and one bigger 4 in incision to remove my perforated colon. When I was sent home from the hospital the drs told me I had an infection in the incision but my insurance wouldn't cover another day in hospital. So they sent me home with
antibiotics. Two days later I was leaking fluid and went back to the hospital. My surgeon was out of town but the surgical team that was part of my whole surgery saw me. I don't know why they treat an infection this way but what they did was to open up my incision and they made a wound 8 in long, 2 in wide and about 1/2 in deep. At first I had to use wet to dry gauze dressings and then they ordered a wound vac for me. If you get one be sure to check with your insurance and sign the papers and send them back to the company that furnishes the wound vac and all the supplies. My insurance allowed for a visiting nurse to come and change the dressing on the wound vac every other day. But that never worked because the stupid vac kept buzzing and not working so I had to take it all off myself and use wet to dry dressings. Then I went to see my surgeon who said he never uses a wound vac and feels that you heal much better from the wet to dry
gauze bandages. It took a while to get used to using all the dressings and paper tape and sterile water but I did it. So if you have an option to use this type of dressing you will be better off. I was also put on the strongest antibiotic they could give me. The other thing that will help your wound heal faster is eating a lot of protein. The wound heals from the inside out. And protein closes it up faster. So I was eating turkey breast, chicken, tuna, cheese, peanut butter, yogurt, any type of protein you can have. It's a bit
tough when you have no appetite but I forced myself. It took about a month for the wound to close up and a bit longer for the scar to heal and not feel tender. But then the scar isn't where anyone will see it. The one thing you have to remember to do is check with your insurance. Many companies will not pay for a wound vac as there are other options for treatment as I have told you. My insurance covered part. The cost of the wound vac I was sent was $6000 a month! My insurance wasn't going to cover a lot of this but I had met my deductible and coinsurance. So please be careful about this and if your insurance denies it tell your dr. There are other ways to heal a wound. Also, if you have an infection you do need an antibiotic and if this dr. hasn't prescribed one I would be very cautious about continuing with him. I don't know if you are near a teaching hospital but if I were you I would get a second opinion on how to treat your problem. You may find another dr. who will give you better options. Sorry I am so wordy, I was hoping you would benefit by hearing
about my experience. I wish you the best and do post and let us know how you are doing. I will be glad to write you back. By the way, I am a 5 yr breast cancer survivor. Things will get better for you, they did for me.