Should I return to work with open wounds?

Approximately, two months ago had a brachioplasty. Complications occurred when the incisions opened up. Short story my skin would not hold the sutures. I have to let the wounds heal from the inside out under both arm pits. I have stopped my pain medication. I have been working on strengthening & stretching my arms but I still cleanse & pack the wounds w/gauze 2-3x daily. Should I stay out of work (correctional facility) until the wounds are closed or at least until they don't have to be packed?

Answers from doctors (2)


Vascular Institute of Chattanooga

Published on Feb 25, 2021

Has your surgeon cleared you to return to work? Can you perform your job duties without any limitations? Many patients can return to work with open wounds, as long as the wounds remain clean and covered. Too much activity that causes pulling and stretching of the wounds can delay healing.

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Answered by Vascular Institute of Chattanooga

Has your surgeon cleared you to return to work? Can you perform your job duties without any limitations? Many patients can return to work with open wounds, as long as the wounds remain clean and covered. Too much activity that causes pulling and stretching of the wounds can delay healing.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


R3 Clinics & Hyperbarics

Published on Jun 01, 2016

You want to keep your wounds covered at all times to ensure that they stay clean. As long as you can do that, then it should be fine to return to work. Also, you may consider seeing a wound specialist if your wounds have not healed passed 30 days. Sometimes wounds stall and stop healing. The wound specialist can help restart the healing process and get faster results. Also, you may be a candidate for hyperbaric oxygen therapy to help the wounds close.

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Answered by R3 Clinics & Hyperbarics

You want to keep your wounds covered at all times to ensure that they stay clean. As long as you can do that, then it should be fine to return to work. Also, you may consider seeing a wound specialist if your wounds have not healed passed 30 days. Sometimes wounds stall and stop healing. The wound specialist can help restart the healing process and get faster results. Also, you may be a candidate for hyperbaric oxygen therapy to help the wounds close.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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