|October 2009 · Vol. 21, No. 10
How to avert postoperative wound complication—and treat it when it occurs
Avoid wound infection and dehiscence with the help of thorough preoperative assessment, careful technique, tried-and-true strategies, and a few novel products
Abdominal wound infection occurs in about 5% of cases and typically becomes clinically apparent between the fifth and 10th postoperative days
Dr. Perkins is Affiliate Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss, and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga. He also practices ObGyn at Mallory Community Health Center in Canton, Miss.
Dr. Pattillo is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga.
The authors report no financial relationships relevant to this article.
Despite advances in medicine and surgery over the past century, postoperative wound complication remains a serious challenge. When a complication occurs, it translates into prolonged hospitalization, lost time from work, and greater cost to the patient and the health-care system.