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Help swimmer protecting surgery hand wound?

Help swimmer protecting surgery hand wound?

No swimming-2 weeks: Most surgeons recomend keeping wounds out of the pool til sutures are removed because of the possibility of infection introduced through the openings next to the threads. It is not worth the risk-stay out of the pool til it is healed. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Wounds (Definition)

Wound = injury to tissue. May include ...Read more


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Finger injuries prevention? Does wearing sports gloves help prevent sprains and jammed fingers?

Finger injuries prevention? Does wearing sports gloves help prevent sprains and jammed fingers?

No: Jammed fingers come froma ball or person or the ground hitting the tip of you finger this can still occur with sports glove. Only a baseball mitt decreases the risk of a ball strike. If you get a jammed finger you should get a x-ray because often there is more damage then initially thought. ...Read more

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After an open wound from a 2nd degree burn has closed, what can I do to help minimize scarring? The wound is on my hand, between thumb and wrist.

After an open wound from a 2nd degree burn has closed, what can I do to help minimize scarring? The wound is on my hand, between thumb and wrist.

See a specialist: If you burn healed in less than two weeks, it has a good chance of healing well no mater what you do. Sun protection, massage and moisturizing can all help. Burns that take longer than two weeks to heal may benefit from compression, silicone sheeting and the specialized care of a burn doctor / plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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After finger surgery staph infection (recovered), is staph risk higher for cortisone injection to free up finger joint?

After finger surgery staph infection (recovered), is staph risk higher for cortisone injection to free up finger joint?

Yes.: Corticosteroid medication (cortisone) has some beneficial effects in reducing edema and pain, but decreases the function of white blood cells in fighting infection. It is reasonable to state that in the setting of a previous post surgical infection that cortisone injection would increase the risk of recurrent infection. ...Read more

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Expert opinions? What kind of ointment/cream is placed directly over an open wound?

Expert opinions? What kind of ointment/cream is placed directly over an open wound?

There are: Numerous wound care products and it depends largely on the size and depth of the wound, it's location and the person being applied to, ie a chronic wound in a diabetic, a pressure wound, venous ulceration or a burn, laceration, puncture, etc. Need specific details to make any recommendations and give reasons. ...Read more

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Can stiches help in healing prosses in diabetes patient?like C-section wound with stiches will heal better?as compare to normal wound?

Can stiches help in healing prosses in diabetes patient?like C-section wound with stiches will heal better?as compare to normal wound?

No: Any foreign object in the skin can create inflammation or increase the chance of infection. Stitches are used if they have to be, to bring the wound edges closer in order to heal together. ...Read more

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I'm an offensive lineman that wants to prevent hand injury by taping my hands and fingers. How should I tape them to get the most benefit?

I'm an offensive lineman that wants to prevent hand injury by taping my  hands and fingers. How should I tape them to get the most benefit?

Tape is usually : Applied one of two ways. ( first make sure its not too tight and its better to have a trainer do it if available and the tape should not roll or be too tight aor be too sticky) either single tape to a joint on one digit or buddy tape to keep an injured finger next to another. If you buddy tape often you avoid the joints and pad the area lightly between the fingers, iif you single tape a figure 8. ...Read more

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Wounded at center of foot sole and infected.the nurse use Iodine cotton to wash the wound without anesthesia .how to relive pain when dressing change?

Wounded at center of  foot sole and infected.the nurse use Iodine cotton to wash the wound without anesthesia .how to relive pain when dressing change?

Premedicate: When a wound change is performed, certainly it can hurt. The best thing to do, would be to take Tylenol (acetaminophen) 45 minutes before the wound change, or Motrin (ibuprofen) 30 minutes before. If you have other pain meds, you would want to take them BEFORE the wound change -the medicine needs to absorb into your system first. Sometimes some ice first or the 'cold spray' would help immediately. ...Read more

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I'm just recovered from wrist fracture at radius after closed reduction.I'm 22 and an aspiring bodybuilder.Is this injury affects my career in future?

I'm just recovered from wrist fracture at radius after closed reduction.I'm 22 and an aspiring bodybuilder.Is this injury affects my career in future?

Optimistic : Having a closed reduction on the radius fracture sounds like a very stable fracture to begin with. If you can rest and follow up with the orthopedic surgeon i don't see any reason why you couldn't get back to competitive lifting without any consequence. The key is to rest and follow your rehab. ...Read more

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Had huge Morton's Neuroma removed.Wound did not close.No infection,just large gaping wound.Bone and tendons exposed.Wound care stumped. Please help.

Had huge Morton's Neuroma removed.Wound did not close.No infection,just large gaping wound.Bone and tendons exposed.Wound care stumped. Please help.

You need to: see your surgeon. If he is not helpful then you need to go to a wound care clinic. They specialize in wound care. This is exactly one of the types of wounds I would take care of in my clinic. For now keep it moist with antibiotic ointment and covered. ...Read more

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Finger avulsion, nail bed intact. Distal finger pad tore off, no tendon exposed, no bone fracture. Full movement, Tx options full thickness graft, leave to heal on own, or amputate proximal to nail bed. Risks and recommendations.

Finger avulsion, nail bed intact. Distal finger pad tore off, no tendon exposed, no bone fracture. Full movement, Tx options full thickness graft, leave to heal on own, or amputate proximal to nail bed. Risks and recommendations.

Avoid amputation: If you have adequate soft tissue over the bone and tendon, there would be no reason to amputate. A tip without graft will usually gradually fill in, but graft can get quicker coverage. A general rule of thumb is that if area is less than 1 cm in diameter graft not much benefit, if it is quite a bit larger than that then placing a graft on is a consideration. ...Read more

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