What are they?

Surgical wounds are the result of surgical procedures. Complications sometimes occur. These complications might include wound infection, bulging of the incision (hernia) or the incision opening up (dehiscence).

How can complications be prevented?

Prevention is the best way to avoid surgical wound complications. Going into surgery as healthy and prepared as possible is the best way to ensure prevention, but unfortunately this is not always possible.

What is the usual treatment for complications?

A health-care professional will follow the healing of your surgical wound. It may involve antibiotic therapy for infection or specialty dressings for dehiscence or herniation.

When should one seek professional help?

Any time there is an increase in pain, odour, swelling or wound size a health-care professional should be consulted.