What is included in postoperative care 6 weeks after surgery for pressure injuries (pressure ulcers)?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Christian N Kirman, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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At 6 weeks after surgery, the patient begins sitting, initially for only 10 minutes at a time. After these sitting periods, the flap should be evaluated for discoloration and wound edge separation. Over 2 weeks, the sitting periods are increased in 10-minute increments until they reach 2 hours. Patients are taught to lift themselves to relieve pressure for 10 seconds every 10 minutes.


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