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cubsfan5150
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Doctors of the OT: Incision Care Help
Any doctors around here? I had foot surgery on 29 June and they went in through the bottom of my foot. It's about a 5.5cm incision that has closed up most of the way but the middle section is still open.

What can I do to promote healing? I'm tired of using crutches and I'm supposed to deploy next month.

Would using steri-strips to keep the skin pulled together make it heal faster or does it matter? I'm keeping it moist with Vaseline and Neosporin, but otherwise, the fricking thing won't heal.


SabiDojo
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re: Doctors of the OT: Incision Care Help
Have you called your doctor?


cubsfan5150
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re: Doctors of the OT: Incision Care Help
Yes... just went back this morning. He told me no walking for two more weeks. The same shite he told me two weeks ago. So, if there's anything that I can do to promote the healing, then I want to do it. He pretty much said it just takes time.



Putty
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re: Doctors of the OT: Incision Care Help
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He told me no walking for two more weeks. The same shite he told me two weeks ago. So, if there's anything that I can do to promote the healing, then I want to do it. He pretty much said it just takes time.


First thing I would do is ignore all that shite and see what people on the internet have to say.


TheAlmightySmash
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re: Doctors of the OT: Incision Care Help
No doctor, but I'd just bite the bullet and sit on the sofa for two weeks. Especially since you deploy so soon. It isn't worth the risk of trying something and potentially reopening it.


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SabiDojo
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re: Doctors of the OT: Incision Care Help
Well, you're in luck. I graduated at the top of my class from Johns Hopkins medical school.


cubsfan5150
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re: Doctors of the OT: Incision Care Help
Well, I'm not asking for layman's opinion.


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stout
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re: Doctors of the OT: Incision Care Help
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I'm keeping it moist with Vaseline and Neosporin



I thought you were supposed to let a wound sort of air out a little and not keep it smothered 24/7?


Mr. Hangover
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re: Doctors of the OT: Incision Care Help
Hey man I'm trying to get the doctors into my thread - get in line


cubsfan5150
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Member since Nov 2007
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re: Doctors of the OT: Incision Care Help
Nope, keep it moist. I thought the same shite until I started reading into it.


cubsfan5150
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re: Doctors of the OT: Incision Care Help
I'm about to have some panic attacks from my foot if it doesn't hurry up and heal.


Mr. Hangover
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cgrand
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re: Doctors of the OT: Incision Care Help
try taking yunnan baiyao every day
i dont know why it works, but it does work

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Lithium
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re: Doctors of the OT: Incision Care Help
steristrips won't help. It takes time. Real Life is not like House with a diagnosis and cure in 56 minutes including commercials


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Gris Gris
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re: Doctors of the OT: Incision Care Help
I had foot surgery and I was told to keep it elevated to keep swelling low, no weight bearing for a long time and keep the incisions dry. I was put in a cast a few weeks after surgery, though. You can split the incision if you start weight bearing too soon.

I've never heard of keeping an incision moist with vaseline or anything else. Did you ask your doctor about that?

Not sure what kind of surgery you had, but my recuperation was very long with a lot of PT.


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gsadle5
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Quit using the neosporin and Vaseline and let it dry out. Then give it time.


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Flux Capacitor, Fluxing
Member since Nov 2007
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re: Doctors of the OT: Incision Care Help
The fact that you've been bearing wt. on it is a big part of why its not closing.

Quit.
Walking.
On.
It.


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foshizzle
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re: Doctors of the OT: Incision Care Help
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He told me no walking for two more weeks. The same shite he told me two weeks ago. So, if there's anything that I can do to promote the healing, then I want to do it. He pretty much said it just takes time.


So you didn't like what he told you so you think the OT would provide better info.

If you want a second opinion consult another doc and stay off your feet.


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kengel2
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re: Doctors of the OT: Incision Care Help
You could build a time machine and stick your foot in it. Only negative is your foot would be a couple weeks older than the rest of you.


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CoachChappy
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Super glue!


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