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Thursday, July 09, 2009 Pimanee, Community Member, asks

Q: Neuroma Surgery Wound will not heal

I had a Morton's Neuroma removed April 17th of this year. I was back to work after 1 week of being completely off my foot. When they removed the stitches 2 weeks after surgery, the wound opened back up...the entire length of the incision. We've been trying various things to get it to heal...packing, flushing, ointments, etc. About 1/3 of it has healed, but it conitnues to ooze/drain. It's a yellowish color, without odor. I have no fever and no redness. The MD says it's not infected and to just give it time...but it's been almost 3 months! They put stitches back in as kind of a "last ditch effort" on June 25th and I get them out today, but I can tell that it's not 100% closed YET! HELP!!!!

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Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
7/15/09 3:09am

When a surgical would reopens, it is called wound dehiscence.  A few things that can contribute to a wound not healing include:

 

•  Diabetes

•  Protein deficiency

•  Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) deficiency

•  Stress

•  Surgical error – sutures improperly placed or removed too early

•  Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

•  Use of anti-inflammatory medications

 

Here is a link to more information about wound dehiscence including treatment options: 

http://www.thirdage.com/encyclopedia/wound-dehiscence-surgical-wound-dehiscence-operative-wound-dehiscence

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By Pimanee, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/24/10, First Published: 07/09/09