Non-Healing Surgical Wounds Specialist

Advanced Wound Care

Wound Care Specialists located in Southaven, MS & Senatobia, MS & West Memphis, AR

Surgery can be complicated for you as the patient: You need to follow strict instructions in preparing for surgery and taking care of yourself after surgery. Even if you’re diligent, a surgical wound might not heal on its own. At Advanced Wound Care in Southaven and Senatobia, Mississippi, and West Memphis, Arkansas, Jennifer McKee, FNP-BC, and the rest of the team can evaluate nonhealing surgical wounds and find ways to help them heal. For more information about nonhealing surgical wounds, call Advanced Wound Care or request an appointment online today.

Non-Healing Surgical Wounds Q & A

What is a nonhealing surgical wound?

A nonhealing surgical wound is a surgical incision that hasn’t started to heal four weeks after your surgery. Your surgeon might have closed the wound with sutures or left it open for healing. In either case, an underlying medical condition or complication can keep it from healing.

Some possible signs that your surgical wound isn’t healing include:

  • A foul or unusual odor
  • Thick, yellow discharge
  • Redness and swelling
  • Worsening pain over time
  • No improvements after a month
  • Fever


If you’re concerned about a surgical wound that isn’t getting smaller or looks infected, the team at Advanced Wound Care can take a look and tell you if it’s healing properly. If you have a nonhealing surgical wound, they can review your symptoms and treat it.

Why isn’t my surgical wound healing?

Surgical wounds might not heal properly for a number of reasons. In many cases, an underlying medical condition is to blame. Common reasons for poor surgical wound healing include:


Edema (swelling) happens when fluid builds up under your skin, often in your legs.


If your surgical wound becomes infected with fungi or bacteria, you must treat the infection before your wound can heal properly.

Poor circulation

Certain circulatory disorders can keep your wound from healing because it doesn’t get enough blood flow.

Repeated trauma

You should protect your surgical wound from pressure and impact. Repeated pressure on a wound can stop it from healing or slow down the healing process.

Lifestyle factors

Lifestyle factors like smoking and poor nutrition can prevent your wound from healing properly after surgery. You should follow your doctor’s instructions about caring for yourself before and after your surgery.

How should I care for a nonhealing surgical wound?

Once the team at Advanced Wound Care finds out why your surgical wound isn’t healing properly, they can put together a personalized treatment plan to address your needs and encourage better healing. A few steps they might take to promote healing are:

  • Irrigating the wound
  • Debriding the wound
  • Using oxygen therapy
  • Closing the wound using vacuum-assistance
  • Prescribing medications to prevent infection
  • Counseling you about nutrition
  • Getting a skin graft
  • Treating the underlying condition


The team evaluates your wound with frequent appointments to monitor its healing during your treatment. They can make adjustments to your nonhealing surgical wound treatment plan if certain treatments aren’t working in your case.

To learn more about nonhealing surgical wounds and the treatment they need, call Advanced Wound Care or book an appointment online today.