What are the activity modifications following surgery for ischial tuberosity 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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In patients with ischial tuberosity pressure injuries, sitting may be resumed 6 weeks after a healed wound is achieved. Sitting may be gradually reintroduced over several weeks, and detailed guidelines have been published. Because of the extremely high pressures generated over the ischial tuberosities during sitting, wheelchair patients should lift themselves out of their seat or rock back in the chair every 15 minutes.

These recommendations regarding the resumption of activity vary according to the clinical situation and are implemented at the discretion of the treating physician.


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