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Surgical Procedures

What caused my incision to open after surgery?

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  • AStuart Linder, MD, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, answered
    Dehiscence of a surgical incision is not too uncommon. Causes of incisions opening may include infection, contamination, poor blood supply or avascular necrosis of the underlying tissue. We have our patients keep the plastic surgery incision site dry for up to one week, maintain them on oral antibiotics, and change gauze dressing at least twice a day. 
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