Delayed Wound Closure

Sometimes, your health care provider will decide to delay closing a wound for several days. This is done when the wound is badly bruised, dirty, or when it has been several hours since the injury happened. By delaying the closure of your wound, the risk of infection is reduced. Wounds that are closed in 3–7 days after being cleaned up and dressed heal just as well as those that are closed right away.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Rest and elevate the injured area until the pain and swelling are gone.

  • Have your wound checked as instructed by your health care provider.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You develop unusual or increased swelling or redness around the wound.

  • You have increasing pain or tenderness.

  • There is increasing fluid (drainage) or a bad smelling drainage coming from the wound.