Wound dehiscence is a post-operative condition that happens when the wound splits open along the incision. During the tummy tuck, an incision will be placed on the skin and the essential arrangements in order to extract the excess skin and fat and tighten the abdominal wall muscle.
After the surgery, the incision is closed and sutured. During the recovery period, you may experience wound dehiscence, which happens when the edge of the incision opens up prior to the complete healing of the wound.
You can decrease the risk of wound dehiscence or completely avoid the condition with proper care from your doctor and by following the surgeon's instructions.
The common symptoms of wound dehiscence after a tummy tuck surgery include bleeding from the incision, unending or severe pain, swelling that has expanded beyond the surgical site, a rise in body temperature, or a sudden and complete opening of the incision.
Wound dehiscence after a tummy tuck can be caused by a number of factors. Choosing your plastic surgeon carefully can help prevent the condition. The common factors that can cause the complication include diabetes, carelessness during the recovery, application of force or pressure to the surgery area, age, poor skin quality, poor suturing of the incision, and being overweight and not walking with your hip flexed after the surgery.
The condition may also occur if the surgeon removes the sutures before the wound has healed. Also, when you contract an infection after a tummy tuck, it may lead to the opening of the incisions. You must follow the surgeon's instruction and be extra careful during the recovery to avoid infections and infection-induced wound dehiscence.
Some severe health complications like diabetes, obesity, and poor wound health have been found to be among the factors that can cause wound dehiscence after a tummy tuck. The use of certain medications like blood thinners, poor lifestyle, and smoking can also trigger wound dehiscence.
The treatment of wound dehiscence starts with the administration of antibiotics, which is followed by surgical debridement to clean the area. The damaged, infected, and dead tissues will be removed, and the incisions will then be closed and sutured properly to make sure the condition doesn't happen again.
After the treatment, your health will be monitored for several weeks. Also, you must change your surgical dressing regularly to avoid wound dehiscence from recurring.