Treating Pressure Ulcers/Injuries with Surgery
A large pressure ulcer/injury is a threat to your health. Without surgery, these types of wounds can take a long time to heal. This can raise your risk for serious complications. If surgical repair is needed, your healthcare provider will review the goals of care with you. Also, eating a nutritious diet is recommended to help the healing process.
Wound flap and skin graft
The goal of wound flap and skin graft is to close the ulcer/injury and provide padding over the bony part of the body. Healthy tissue from another part of the body is often used.
A muscle flap is one of the best surgical interventions, since a flap holds its own blood supply. This allows for quicker healing.
A skin graft can also close the wound. A skin graft is when a piece of skin is transplanted to another part of the body. Living or artificial skin may be used.
Make sure you follow all your post-op care instructions. Otherwise, you may delay the healing process.
Special care should be taken after surgery to aid the healing process. Try the following:
Keep pressure off the affected area.
Keep the sutures clean.
Make sure wound drains stay open.
Watch for signs of infection and blood blisters.
Watch for signs of impaired healing, such as a change in wound color or abnormal drainage.
Keep incision clear of stool and urine.
Don’t lie on the wound flap or graft, as directed by your surgeon.
To learn more
For more information, go to the Pressure Ulcer/Injury Resource mobile app.