I got out of the hospital on Thurs. after being there since Sunday. It turned out to be a combination of staph and some other type of infection. On Wed. morning the doctor told me we may have to go back to the OR again and put in a wound vac. But after changing my dressing that morning he said it looked alot better and he didn't think it would be necessary to do another surgery. He showed my husband how to change my dressing and is setting us up with a home health care nurse to check on it a couple times a week just to make sure it still looks good. But hubby made it through the dressing change three times now all by himself. Although I did talk my dr into prescribing me some xanax before the dressing change as i was having horrible panic attacks in the hospital prior to it.
So the plan is to let the wound heal from the inside out, so no closing it back it up. I finally got the nerve to have hubby take a picture of it last night and it actually didn't look as bad as I thought it would. It is about 3 inches long by 1 inch wide. Hubby says it is about 3-4 inches deep, but I couldn't see that. One nurse told me that it is really close to my spinal column, so that is why the dressing change hurts so much, but as time goes on it will get better.
Has anyone else had any experience with infections after surgery??