Wound Dehiscence

ExitCare ImageWound dehiscence is when a surgical cut (incision) opens up. It usually happens 7 to 10 days after surgery. You may have pain, a fever, or have more fluid coming from the cut. It should be treated early.


  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Take your medicines (antibiotics) as told. Finish them even if you start to feel better.

  • Wash your wound with warm, soapy water 2 times a day, or as told. Pat the wound dry. Do not rub the wound.

  • Change bandages (dressings) as often as told. Wash your hands before and after changing bandages. Apply bandages as told.

  • Take showers. Do not soak the wound, bathe, or swim until your wound is healed.

  • Avoid exercises that make you sweat.

  • Use medicines that stop itching as told by your doctor. The wound may itch as it heals. D o not pick or scratch at the wound.

  • Do not lift more than 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) until the wound is healed, or as told by your doctor.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told.


  • You have more puffiness (swelling) or redness around the wound.

  • You have more pain in the wound.

  • You have yellowish white fluid (pus) coming from the wound.

  • More of the wound breaks open.

  • You have a fever.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.