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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Wound Healing (Overview)

Wound healing is a field of study in which a person looks at factors that helps wounds heal and factors that are harmful to wounds trying to heal, in order to find the best treatment for each wound. Wounds can be from infections, surgeries, accidents, etc... Poorly healing wounds can occur where there is inadequate blood circulation, such as in diabetic feet.


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Had a simple vulvectomy 5 wks ago-area of over-granulation tissue removed-no VIN. Wound healing well altho 1 stitch opened. Still have pain- normal?

Had a simple vulvectomy 5 wks ago-area of over-granulation tissue removed-no VIN. Wound healing well altho 1 stitch opened. Still have pain- normal?

Can happen but: not common in all , will heal in couple of wks, and pain will go away once heals completely , don't worry you will be fine. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
2,982 doctors shared insights

Wound Healing (Overview)

Wound healing is a field of study in which a person looks at factors that helps wounds heal and factors that are harmful to wounds trying to heal, in order to find the best treatment for each wound. Wounds can be from infections, surgeries, accidents, etc... Poorly healing wounds can occur where there is inadequate blood circulation, such as in diabetic feet.


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How does wound healing work?

How does wound healing work?

Complicated process: Multiple factors involved. White blood cells and platelets travel to the site for immune system and blood clotting. Collagen fibers heal across, and new blood vessels grow in. Collagen fibers remodel. Proper body protein level and appropriate vitamin levels help with healing. Poor nutrition, diabetes, cigarette smoking, infection, poor blood supply, Prednisone can delay or prevent proper healing. ...Read more

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Dr. Sam Markzar Dr. Markzar
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Wound healing (Tip)

Is the treatment necessary? Is it a selective procedure? What are the consequences if no treatment? ...See more

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Treating a Puncture Wound (Checklist)

Remove the foreign body, if possible
Once
Clean the wound with soap and water
Once
Apply pressure if there is any bleeding
Once
Update your tetanus vaccination
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What are phases of wound healing?

What are phases of wound healing?

4 stages: Hemostasis, which means to stop bleeding, Inflammatory, which means a body response to remove damaged cells and prevent infection, proliferative, which occurs when cells make new proteins to heal the wound defect, and finally maturation, which is resolution of the inflammation (e.g. redness and swelling), and a contracture of the wound (decreasing size). Takes up to a year for all this to occur. ...Read more

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Will weed affect my wound healing?

Will weed affect my wound healing?

Likely: I don't find any studies that address this question on a quick search. Smoking cigarettes definitely has a negative effect on healing and I would expect that Cannabis would have the same effect, to the degree that toxins are found in the smoke. Cannabis oil has anecdotal positive effects, but not confirmed with studies to my knowledge, and that is oil applied to the skin, not smoked. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bobbitt Dr. Bobbitt
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Wound healing (Tip)

Will my medications affect the treatment or outcome? Will they interact with pain meds? ...See more

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What are barriers to wound healing?

What are barriers to wound healing?

Numerous: Some barriers include poor nutrition, stress on the wound (pulling it open again or causing mechanical pressure), infection, poor blood flow, diabetes, smoking, anemia, immune suppression, drugs such as prednisone, some genetic diseases, age, condition of the skin prior to injury, large size, depth, chronic wounds ...Read more

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What are factors that inhibit wound healing?

What are factors that inhibit wound healing?

Inhibit wound 2 heal: Infection, nicotine, lack of arterial flow, pressure or shearing on the wound and underlying bone, weeping from venous pressure and swelling, malnutrition and occasionally poor wound care are the inhibitors to wound healing. Okay to see your doc if your wound is not healing. Be well. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Kessler Dr. Kessler
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Wound healing (Tip)

Ask why to avoid smoking. When it comes to any surgery as it impairs the healing process. ...See more

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Are there certain types of diets the slows down wound healing?

Are there certain types of diets the slows down wound healing?

Poor nutrition: Even a reasonably good diet usually is adequate for wound healing, there are no normal foods that will delay healing but certain dietary deficiencies, especially protein will. Deficient zinc or vitamin c may, diabetes has a negative effect even in ideal blood sugar control meaning elevated blood sugar is only part of the effect. ...Read more

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What do they do at a "wound healing center" that is different from home?

What do they do at a "wound healing center" that is different from home?

Complete Wound Care: A wound center should provide a more comprehensive treatment for non- healing wounds. This would include nutritional, vascular and infectious disease management. The wound clinic would continue to evaluate and change treatments as needed. Surgical debridement is the removal of dead (necrotic) tissue. There are patient compliance issues addressed at home, as well as dressing changes and IV therapy. ...Read more

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What are the roles of cytokines and integrins in wound healing?

What are the roles of cytokines and integrins in wound healing?

Needs a big textbook: Cytokines are released by lymphocytes and regulate other cells and parts or the immune system. Integrins directly "tell" immune cells whats going on in the "extracellular space" the immune system is the starting point for wound healing and these help regulate some of the cells involved as well as directly and indirectly affecting growth factors and matrix metaloproteinases needed to heal. ...Read more

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I am experiencing abnormal wound healing.

I am experiencing  abnormal wound healing.

See your doc: Unfortunately, you didn't describe your wound, much less how you got it and how it was repaired. It would also be helpful to understand why you consider it abnormal. Wounds that come apart need to be re-evaluated. Same if increase pain, redness, pus, etc. Scar is an known complication. Some will develop an intense scar reaction known as a keloid. Best to see doc who put you back together. ...Read more

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Can granulation occur in primary intention wound healing?

Can granulation occur in primary intention wound healing?

Wound healing: Granulation tissue occurs in all wounds. In primary wound healing it is not exposed to the outside as it in secondary wound healing. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Abnormal wound healing?

What is the definition or description of: Abnormal wound healing?

Failure to rebuild.: An inability to restore structure and function to disrupted tissue by failure to progress through the normal stages of healing. ...Read more

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My son has always healedvery well but recently he has developed slow wound healing. What could cause that?

My son has always healedvery well but recently he has developed slow wound healing. What could cause that?

Many Causes: There were many factors that affect wound healing. The term “slow” is difficult to define and therefore is really not important as long as the wound heals. Is he on a new medicine such as a NSAID ? Is to located in an area that is getting a lot of activity? Keep the wound covered and minimize stress to the area, and change your dressing every other to every third day ...Read more

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Not sure why resident used a term like poor wound healing then left. I really need to know what that means.?

Not sure why resident used a term like poor wound healing then left. I really need to know what that means.?

Need more info: Likely this means that you have not had the expected outcome. Poor wound healing can be caused by many factors including infections, malnutrition, diabetes, renal failure, smoking, anemia, medications like steroids or chemotherapy, poor blood supply etc., not offloading appropriately, and occasionally poor surgical technique. Next time ask him exactly what he means. ...Read more

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Does cannabis affect wound healing?

Does cannabis affect wound healing?

Yes: Pharmacologically, the influence of smoking on wound healing is complicated, and neither nicotine alone nor any other single component can explain all of the effects of smoking on wounds. What is certain is that smoking cessation leads to improved repair and reduces wound infection (sorensen et al., 2003; lauerman, 2008). www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc2903966. ...Read more

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How does aromatherapy work in wound healing?

How does aromatherapy work in wound healing?

Minimal: Although psychological issues may complicate wound healing and aromatherapy may have therapeutic benefits, the actual use of this in organized wound care is unusual. Many different aromatherapy compounds are used for a variety of conditions, but none that i know are specific for wound healing. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Wounds (Definition)

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