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How long will it take pressure ulcer to heal?

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Dr. Greg Sexton
Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
Size important: Pressure sores usually occur in debilitated patients. To get them to heal one needs to keep them clean with frequent dressing changes, improve nutrition, and keep the pressure that caused them off the area. They usually take a long time to heal, and often require surgery.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for a pressure ulcer to develop?

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Dr. Eric O'Neill
Plastic Surgery 35 years experience
Depends: Formation of a pressure ulcer can occur in as little as two hours. There are multiple other factors which can contribute to their development, such as moisture, shear, heating pads, infection, and nutritional debilitation. A wound specialist can examine the wound and give you more answers.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How long it would take for a pressure ulcer to form. Do they appear rather quickly?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Duration for PUs: Pressure ulcers are due to 'enough' pressure to occlude the blood pressure of the microscopic capillaries. No one is sure how long it you must occlude these capillaries so that a pressure injury results in changes in the skin. It will vary from person to person because of multiple factors in addition to time: repeated episodes, moisture, nutrition, protein stores, ability to heal, diabetes mellitu.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for pressure ulcers to form?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Duration for PUs: Pressure ulcers are due to 'enough' pressure to occlude the blood pressure of the microscopic capillaries. No one is sure how long it you must occlude these capillaries so that a pressure injury results in changes in the skin. It will vary from person to person because of multiple factors in addition to time: repeated episodes, moisture, nutrition, protein stores, ability to heal, diabetes mellitu.

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