Healing slowly

By bizzach Latest Reply 2011-06-12 18:41:09 -0500
Started 2010-12-04 07:21:32 -0600

I had surgery 8 weeks ago for a hernia, supposed to be a simple routine surgery. My incision broke open after 1 week and is still open and infected. The surgeon says my diabetes is the reason i am not healing so well, i am so frustrated and tired of being in pain.I know diabetes causes slower healing but i just hope i heal soon.

19 replies

bizzach 2010-12-10 09:23:05 -0600 Report

I just found out that i have to have surgery again to remove the infected mesh from the hernia site which my doctor feels is causing the infection in my abdomen and belly button, he is going to replace it with biomesh which is more expensive which is why it isnt used in the first place. I am tring to stay positive that this will end the pain and the open hole in my belly button. Thanks eveyone for your input, thoughts and prayers they are greatly appreciated!!

GabbyPA 2010-12-11 14:30:51 -0600 Report

I have heard great things about biomesh. It's a shame they don't use what is best in the first place, but now hopefully you will be on the road to recovery. Please share with us how the new procedure works for you.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-12-11 00:38:34 -0600 Report

Hopefully the 2nd surgery will solve your problems with pain and infection. Best wishes and prayers that you will heal fast.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-12-05 18:07:28 -0600 Report

Sorry you are having complications. My Drs pushed protein, vitamin C, and yogurt when I had an infection. They had me drink juven, tasted like burnt apricot. It has a lot of protein in a small dose.

squog master
squog master 2010-12-04 21:46:52 -0600 Report

I hope your recovery will be shorter than mine. The same thing happen to me. I also have Rheumatoid Arthritis and being on prednisone has slowed the healing process tremendously. I ended up on a wound vacuum for 8 months in a rehab center. My original surgery was July 3, 2009. I still have an open wound about the size of a quarter. But it beats having one the size of your forearm. It's been hard but I put myself in Gods hands.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2010-12-04 21:06:44 -0600 Report

Hey bizzach,

So sorry to hear about your post-surgery complications. That has to be a burden, especially with the holidays coming upon us. I hope you are working closely with your physician so that you can get through this as soon as possible. Our bodies heal in their own time, don't they?

I'm sending out lots of positive thoughts and energy in your direction. I hope you heal soon!

Stay in touch with us!

peace13 2010-12-04 14:08:25 -0600 Report

my diabetes did the same thing to me when i had to have surgery it took forever for me to heal right. even a simple cut or bruise takes forever to heal and go away
i hope you get better soon
best of luck

NanaM 2010-12-04 11:30:52 -0600 Report

I hope that you doctor has the infection under control. Watch those blood sugars, you know they go up when you are sick from an infection. I am praying that you will get well soon.

Miracles 2010-12-04 11:12:26 -0600 Report

I am sorry that you are having such a hard time healng. I can understandi the frustatuion. I healed very slowly also after cancer surgery, but I was fortunate that my doctors had prepared me and worked with me to help the healing process. Push the proteing, eat properly and get plenty of rest. It will help. When I had to have the knee surgery a year later I still healed slowly but it was much faster because my body was healthier and doing better.. I had spent two years being very careful with my food blood sugars and that seem to be the key for me healing more rapidly. Also if your surgeon is not helping then talk to your diabetic doctor. I also learned that sometime they can talk with the surgeon and get additional help. I know mine worked together. Stay on them and if something does not work let them know that you still have the problem. Good luck and let me know how things go.

Harlen 2010-12-04 11:06:54 -0600 Report

Ben there done that and it is no fun.
I have just had two surgerys in the last 4 weeks one on each hand every thing is going well for now no infections yet right hand is closed but the left looks verry deap.
I hope your feeling better soon

Pynetree 2010-12-04 09:18:47 -0600 Report

Oh bizzach, I've gone that route of wound packing with gauze…mine was very painful. The Dr.s also blamed my slow healing on Diabetes. Your body needs Protein to heal…so push protein. And be sure to eat yogurt to help keep your GI track in good form since you are on antibiotics. Wishing you strength and luck on fast healing.

bizzach 2010-12-04 08:52:08 -0600 Report

My incision is being packed twice a day with antibiotic gauze and i am on antibiotics so i am doing my best to heal my body, on the good side my sugar has actually running low.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-12-04 14:03:51 -0600 Report

I went through this years ago from a c-section. I wasn't diabetic then but still had the slow healing and infections. I'm sorry you have to go thru this! HUGS

RAYT721 2010-12-04 08:14:12 -0600 Report

So sorry to hear of the complications! Hope you'll be back to normal in time for the holidays. Enjoy the holiday season but don't push yourself too hard. Please keep us posted on your progress and recovery. We'll be thinking of you with thoughts and prayers.

GabbyPA 2010-12-04 07:26:28 -0600 Report

Unfortunately diabetes can cause you to heal much slower. Wound care could be an option instead of just regular care. Usually it is extremity healing that is so slow, how are your levels running? My mom had knee surgery and she healed really quick with no issues. So could there be something else going on? The infection is what worries me most and that may be more of your issue than the diabetes.

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