When you have a wound from a surgery, laceration, or infection it needs special attention to recover. Most wounds recover in the repair phase of healing, which is approximately three weeks. Our therapists (physiotherapists) look after your wounds by providing dressings that are applied with a sterile technique to avoid infection. The wounds are cleaned with sterile saline solution and special swabs. Old dressings are removed to maintain healing. Any stubborn dressing that may be stuck to the wound is carefully removed with soaking to prevent pain and keep the wound intact.
At The Hands Physio we use Mepital – a silicon dressing that doesn’t stick to the wound and promotes wound healing. We have other specialised dressings to use if your wound requires them. The dressing is then completed with a product to minimise swelling and promote blood flow. This will either be handy gauze, Coban and or a Tub-grip. We like to monitor wounds every second to third day.
Once there is initial closure of the wounds our therapists recommend the use of a silicon product to minimise adverse scar formation. Therapeutic scar massage is also provided to ensure supple, malleable scar results.