What can I do to help an incision heal faster?

What can I do to help an incision heal faster?
Six weeks ago, I had a major surgery on my abdominal area. I have two more weeks off from work, but I am still in a lot of pain. I miss work and am ready to go back, but the burning pain I feel will not let me. It feels as if someone is throwing salt into my incision. I have done everything that the doctor has asked. I do short walks, rest a lot, and have not been lifting anything heavy.
I get that having a huge surgery takes a lot out of a person. It does not help that I had to have my incision opened back up in two places to be packed for a few weeks. I am just ready to get back on with life and stop being in so much pain.
If anyone else has had a huge surgery like this, please tell me what you did to get better faster?

Comments

amelia88
One of the biggest things I’ve heard of is that protein intake greatly affects wound healing. If you’re able to, I’d say try and up your protein intake. We are what we eat after all!
Posted by amelia88 on 12-06-2018
stbrians
Protein and water. Plenty if rest and tajing of proteins and vitamins will help.
Posted by stbrians on 12-06-2018
amelia88
Vitamins are also a good suggestion. I usually take a multivitamin every day just to ensure I'm covering all my bases when it comes to nutrition. If I was sick or recovering from illness I'd try to be doubly sure that I was taking my vitamins too.
Posted by amelia88 on 12-07-2018
Martin
Water and vitamins are very important. The metabolic functions cannot go well and as such no healing will take place effectively.
Posted by Martin on 12-07-2018
theresajane
Yes, it's true. I've seen my mother's big incision heal fast and without problems because of protein intake. We still had pile of egg trays at the back of our house, lol.
Posted by theresajane on 12-07-2018
Martin
Wow. Thanks for proving this theory to be true. Someone had suggested it above and it was yet to be validated.
Posted by Martin on 12-07-2018
Martin
It can be due to the fact that the protein is rich in amino acids that are crucial to forming the bonds and as such repairing the body. I could say that it is a nice suggestion as well.
Posted by Martin on 12-07-2018
Alymae
Protein intake can assist. I've seen it happen with friends but not as big as yours. Also, proper dressing of the wound can help too. Make sure that you drink lots of water as mentioned. Eat healthy too and ABSOLUTELY AVOID HEAVY LIFTING.
Posted by Alymae on 12-07-2018
ballyhara
Mayor surgeries can take weeks to heal, it all depends on how good are your tissues for doing scars. However, you can improve healing process by eating proteins, and taking Vitamin C and B12. They will stimulate your narrow bone cells, and that will improve circulation and new tissue. Quit smoking if you do, drink a lot of water and natural juices, get healthy proteins like fish and eggs, and keep doing short walks everyday.
Posted by ballyhara on 12-06-2018
stbrians
You have good advice here. Repairing of body tissues can be done with vitamins and proteins. The body will heal faster.
Posted by stbrians on 12-06-2018
MomoStarr16
Smoking really helps the pain get worst and that is the number thing you need to stop. Drink more or take more food and vitamins that contain vit. C. It helps a lot.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 12-06-2018
Frank
Drinking a lot of water really helps I can remember a doctor advising my cousin to always take enough water and I think anyone can try this simple therapy.
Posted by Frank on 12-07-2018
Martin
Water is important for numerous metabolic functions. There can be no effective repair when the metabolism is not at its best rate.
Posted by Martin on 12-07-2018
iambeth
My doctor advised me to boil guava leaves and use the water from that to clean the incision site. It helps in healing of the wound.
Posted by iambeth on 12-07-2018
kaushikangara
Agree to all your points here. Smoking and drinking should be avoided at any cost after surgeries for the wounds to heal faster. The intake of vitamins is so crucial for the growth of the new tissues and for the nutrition to replenish itself in the body. Going for short walks will improve blood circulation and keep the muscles busy
Posted by kaushikangara on 12-08-2018
theresajane
My mother had a surgery in her uterus and she had a huge incision. What she did was aside from taking the medicine and supplements, she made sure that she had eggs everyday. Protein foods can help the healing process.
Posted by theresajane on 12-06-2018
amelia88
A lot of the time if you're stuck in a hospital, the food they serve will also often be high in protein. I've been served steak and salmon as common main dishes when I've been in the hospital, so I imagine they try to do that to help you recover faster.
Posted by amelia88 on 12-07-2018
kaushikangara
Surgeries generally take time to heal completely. As advised by your doctor take all the medicines regularly. Go for short walks in open places like public gardens. It will help you relieve the stress and pain. Watch some good movies or books. Work is important but once you are healthy, you can get back to it when you wish.
Posted by kaushikangara on 12-06-2018
Frank
Surgery comes naturally with pains if you can try to just relax more it will soon reduced drastically. My mum had her last baby through CS. I know she used everything told but she was still in pains.
Posted by Frank on 12-07-2018
Kakashi2020
I would recommend that you strictly follow your doctor's instructions as well as prescribed medications. Having a major surgery like that takes a long time to heal. You really can't do anything but to rest and eat good nourishing food and drink a lot of natural juices.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 12-06-2018
stbrians
Rest will really do the incision good. It will heal faster. One should also follow the doctor's medication.
Posted by stbrians on 12-06-2018
iambeth
I had two abdominal surgeries in the past and using an abdominal binder helped greatly in decreasing the pain. It made it easier to move by supporting the incision and the abdominal muscles.
Posted by iambeth on 12-06-2018
stbrians
You must have felt great pain. It is however good that you healed fine. God bless you
Posted by stbrians on 12-06-2018
iambeth
Thank you so much. I did have pain but the binder really helped with reducing that. It made it more tolerable to rise from bed and to walk around which also helps in wound healing.
Posted by iambeth on 12-07-2018
stbrians
I believe the best method is not to overstretch the wound. Dub it with salty water always. Usually, it is good to be extra careful with an incision. Any small accident will revive it.
Posted by stbrians on 12-06-2018
Martin
I find that any injuries that I have when left dry and undisturbed heal more quickly than if I bathe the section or rub it frequently. It is the perfect advice not to disturb it a lot.
Posted by Martin on 12-07-2018
Martinsx
You are not expected to do much. Just focus on healing at the moment and take all your medication as it's prescribed by the doctor especially with your antibiotics. They will definitely be very helpful in getting you to heal fast and not have any infection.
Posted by Martinsx on 12-06-2018
antonToledo
Age can be a big factor in your healing process just follow your medication and don't get too stress on getting back on shape, I'll pray for your complete recovery.
Posted by antonToledo on 12-06-2018
theresajane
Yes, that's true. All of the medication wouldn't be effective at all if you're too focused at things that make you stressed and problematic. Let your mind relax and heal too, because they always say that the mind is powerful.
Posted by theresajane on 12-07-2018
MomoStarr16
The best tips I can give you is to make yourself relax by resting. Don't overthink too much things and just stay at home until you do feel well. Stress can make that pain worst.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 12-06-2018
angie828
Thank you, everyone, for all your suggestions! I guess I never really thought about eating more proteins. But it does make complete sense. I did have hard boiled eggs for breakfast and steak for supper, so I guess I am on the right track.

I also have B12. I actually bought it for my husband, but I am going to have to give it a go! I will be sure to drink my share of orange juice as well so I can get my vitamin C intake up.
Posted by angie828 on 12-06-2018
knnon
Make sure that you take your after surgery medicines, also keep the incision clean. Try not to move around so much while it's healing because you might tear it open and that's not only a nasty sight but it's also painful. Try not to do any lifting as well. More importantly eat healthy foods and get the proper rest so your body can naturally heal faster. Good luck!
Posted by knnon on 12-07-2018
jaymish
No . You need to follow any instructions given by your doctor and you need to get lots of rest. I actually don't agree with all the advise that you are being given to have water and protein to speed up the process of healing. You need to remember that you have had major surgery, only time can heal this wound nothing else. Take it easy rest and be patient with your body. I think if you do this you will heal faster than trying to push yourself to get back to your life. You may end up injuring yourself. Your body can never be pushed to heal faster. it will heal when it heals. Listen to your doctor and relax.
Posted by jaymish on 12-07-2018
knnon
I have to agree to what you said. It's important to follow the doctor's instructions when it comes to something major like this. There are some foods that can possibly even irritate incisions and such. The only good advice we can give is to follow the doctor's instructions and take the after surgery pills that needs to be taken. And of course lots of rest as the wound inside would take a lot of time to heal compared to the outside wound.
Posted by knnon on 12-08-2018
Franzel2oo
Your doctor knows best. He is the expert one and the most qualified to hekp you heal quickly. You should follow his advice to the letter and take your meds as prescribed. A lot of rest helps as well. Do this and with time, you shoukd be back on your feet.
Posted by Franzel2oo on 12-07-2018
burgosmichael2407
My brother was recommended to take at least 6 eggs a day and also to take Peptamen milk to add more protein to his body. However, better to consult the doctor to avoid complications.
Posted by burgosmichael2407 on 12-07-2018
chatbox
I had an operation on my upper arms 10 years ago and I simply followed the doctor's antibiotics prescription. My arm was secured in a cast which limited my movement. I think eating fruits that are rich in Vitamin C also helped hasten the recovery. I slept and rested a lot hours after the operation so I was spared some pain. You can say I slept through the pain just when the effects of the anesthesia started to wear off.
Posted by chatbox on 12-07-2018
overcast
From what I have seen so far in my life. I have found out that letting the wounds heal on their own is the way. Because we cant control the time. And it's definitely something to consider when we have body or mind to heal. Lot of things in our life depends on that part.
Posted by overcast on 12-07-2018
luv2xacosta
Increase also your protein intake since protein helps to build muscles. If it is huge cut then it's normal that it will take a lot of time to heal faster.
Posted by luv2xacosta on 12-07-2018
astraherondale
Follow what your physician told you! Get lots, and I mean lots, of rest, hydrate yourself, and always clean the incision area. If there are any signs of infection or swelling, go to your doctor's clinic immediately! The least thing we want to happen is get your incision infected. Of course, the most crucial of all is to be patient and wait for it to heal naturally. If the symptoms are bothering you, just pay a quick visit to your physician, perhaps he could prescribe a painkiller for you.
Posted by astraherondale on 12-07-2018
Kakashi2020
Abdominal Surgery needs time to heal and depending on the severity of your case, some foods are not advisable to be eaten and some exercises are prohibited. I would say that eating healthy and nutritious food is one way to heal faster.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 12-07-2018
ajahcuizon
Take your tine to heal, do not push yourself to do something that might bring harm to your body. Also, take in plenty of water, it can help you to recover faster. Visit your doctor often to know if you are now capable of doing heavy things after your operation.
Posted by ajahcuizon on 12-08-2018
nekonieden
Don't rush things as it may lead you to worst. Just be patient and take the doctor's advice. It may take a while but you badly need it, you need to take a rest and eat healthy foods that the doctors advice to you. It's hard to get things rush and get up on that situation. You still need to rest for months since you had a surgery in your abdominal. You can ask doctor's help to improve your health more.
Posted by nekonieden on 12-08-2018
jpk0007
Well although I have never had a major surgery like this till now I have gone through a couple of minor surgeries in the past. The waiting or the healing process is always very difficult to handle especially when are used to having an active life. I agree that taking protein and vitamin supplements will help in this regard but a lot of patience is required to go through this phase. I think you should try to meditate for some time during this healing period. it will definitely help you to calm down your agitated mind and you will get the strength to go through this difficult time
Posted by jpk0007 on 12-08-2018
Vinsanity
I am not medically inclined but I think the reason why the incision won't heal faster is because you might have a diabetes. The other reason might be because the wound is being touched frequently, it is better to let the incision be still and free from any dirt let it heal faster.
Posted by Vinsanity on 12-08-2018
Corzhens
This reminds me of my surgery when I had a fractured arm bone. A metal brace was attached and the surgery was successful but the scar is there. For the healing process I was advised to keep the wound dry all the time and if possible don’t let it get wet when I am taking a bath. We had to place a plastic bag to cover the wound entirely when I go to the bathroom. The healing will be slower if the wound frequently gets wet.
Posted by Corzhens on 12-11-2018