Operative Wound Dehiscence
A serious medical condition where the layers of a surgical wound begin to open. It can be characterized two different ways: where the surface layers separate or the whole wound splits open.
A wound can begin to separate after surgery due to numerous factors. Such include developing an infection at the surgical site, the sutures may be too tight, weak muscle tissue at the wound opening or poor closure technique at the time of the surgery.
Victims with operative wound dehiscence may experience an infection at the wound site, bleeding, swelling and broken sutures.
To treat an operative wound dehiscence, a physician may recommend the use of antibiotics and other medications or surgery to remove dead tissue and repair the wound.