Repair of Complex Wound on Face, Neck, Underarms, Genitalia, Hands or Feet

This procedure involves repairing a complex wound on the face, neck, underarms, genitalia, hands or feet.

This procedure involves repairing a complex wound on the face, neck, underarms, genitalia, hands or feet.

This care path is for the repair of a complex wound on the face, neck, underarms, genitalia, hands or feet. It involves repairing a wound that measures 2.6 cm to 7.5 cm and contains tissue that is torn, crushed or has a deep cut.

  • The wound will be cleaned and all foreign or damaged tissue will be removed.
  • The wound will then be closed in layers with sutures or staples. Attempts will be made to minimize scarring.
  • Depending on the wound, future repairs may be needed.

The skin is the body's first line of defense against infection. Any break in the skin provides a possible avenue for germs to enter the body.

  • Closing certain wounds with sutures or staples can help prevent bacteria from entering the wound and causing an infection.
  • Sutures or staples can also help healing and decrease scarring.

After the wound is cleaned and suture, your healthcare provider will give you instructions on how to care for it at home. You can use the following suggestions as a guideline:

  • If your wound has been covered with a dressing, keep it dry for at least twenty-four hours. If your wound is not covered, protect it from dirt and additional trauma.
  • Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, remove the original dressing after twenty four to forty eight hours. After that, most wounds can be washed with mild soap and water and gently patted dry.
  • Avoid swimming, using hot tubs and taking tub baths until the sutures or staples have been removed and it has been approved by your healthcare provider.
  • Your doctor may recommend applying antibiotic ointment to the wound and covering it with another dressing. Covering a wound with a dressing can help keep it clean and stop bacteria from entering the wound.
  • Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, change the dressing every day, or when it gets wet or dirty.

What should I ask my healthcare provider after my wound is closed?

  • How long do I need to keep my dressing on?
  • Should I keep the wound covered at all times?
  • Do I need a tetanus shot?
  • When can my sutures/staples be removed?
  • Do I need to come back for a wound check?
  • What should I do if I accidentally get my wound dirty or wet?
  • What should I do if my sutures/staples start to loosen or my wound starts to open?
  • What symptoms you should I report before my next scheduled appointment?
  • What number do I call if I have any other questions or concerns?
  • What activities can I or can't I do?
  • When can I swim in a pool or in the ocean?
  • Do I need antibiotics?


Also known as:

Repair of Complex Wound on Face
Hands or Feet
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