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Post Operative Wounds

Post Operative Wounds

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In the absence of complications and in optimal conditions, post-operative wounds progress in a timely manner through the phases of the wound healing process. Wound closure occurs by primary intention (surgical closure), secondary intention (left open to close by the reparative process) and tertiary closure (left open and surgically closed at a later date). Many factors will have an impact on the healing of post-operative wound. Healing occurs as a part of the whole person and is thus influenced by many underlying patient variables as well as environmental factors.

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Information provided with support from the Wound Healing Research Unit, Cardiff.

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