Cases of Hidradenitis suppurativa are highly chronic and recurrent and, in advanced evolution stages, hidradenitis surgery is recommended. Symptoms of Hidradenitis suppurativa are very painful, because of the boil-like lumps that form in the skin. These lumps are caused by inflammation in the apocrine glands and the follicle.
Cysts can also form around the affected area, the lumps can also contain pus, and there will be visible scarring after the wounds heal. This kind of skin disease needs a proper treatment plan to address all the consequences of this condition: pain alleviation, preventing inflammation, correcting skin appearance and addopting a proper lifestyle.
Oral antibiotics can only lessen the inflammation, while Hidradenitis surgery can remove the affected area and the tissues around it to lower the rate of recurrence. There are also specific procedures and methods that can be done to help the skin grow back to its normal condition.
There are different types of Hidradenitis surgery, and there are various preparations that should be done to a patient to ensure that his surgery will be successful.
What to do before Hidradenitis surgery?
There will be intravenous antibiotics that will be prescribed to the patient. Laboratory results will determine which antibiotics will be most effective on the wound tissue swab. Other minor surgeries such as abscess drainage and irrigation are done so the wounds will be cleaned and properly irrigated.
During this preparation period, the patient should undergo the elimination of acute inflammation of the wounds. Once the acute phase is stabilized, the patient can then undergo the wide surgical excision.
What to do after a Hidradenitis surgery?
The most important part of the post-surgery procedures is the reconstruction of the affected region. This can be done through skin grafting for areas that are severely and largely affected. Some cases will also need plastic surgery to bring back the normal physical appearance of the skin.
Hidradenitis surgery tries to lower the recurrence rate of the lumps. Undergoing surgery does not fully give the patient a guaranteed treatment, but it will surely alleviate the pain and will stop the lumps from getting worse.
After the surgery, the doctor will prescribe oral antibiotics that will control the inflammation and will protect the wound from getting infection. Apart from the medical prescriptions, it is also important to live a healthy lifestyle and to maintain an ideal body weight.
Change and improvement in one’s lifestyle is very helpful in improving the condition of the lumps. It will give the body the nutrients it needs for the healing process.
Although bad hygiene is not directly related to the occurrence of Hidradenitis suppurativa, keeping your skin healthy can also help lessen the probability of being infected.
Avoiding and totally stopping one’s smoking habit is highly recommended especially to patients who are have severe cases of Hidradenitis suppurativa. This will also help the body recuperate from the surgery and will help the skin grow back to its normal and healthy condition.