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What are bedsores?

When you undergo a procedure at an Arizona hospital, you may worry more about the surgery than the care you will receive afterward. If you do not receive proper care, though, you may sustain bedsores after your surgery.

You may think bedsores are simply bruises. According to the Mayo Clinic, these sores are ulcers and have many stages of severity. Mild bedsores may only injure the top layers of your skin, while severe ones may affect your bones and muscles. You may develop bedsores if you are immobile for long periods and do not get enough fluids and proper nutrition. This is because too much pressure on your skin can cause blood to stop circulating, forming these ulcers. When you are in the hospital recovering from a procedure, it is important for the hospital staff to help you reposition yourself often and elevate the head of the bed.  This can help prevent these injuries.

When you are in bed after surgery, you might get bedsores on your hips, shoulder blades and lower back. You may also develop these wounds on your tailbone, ankles or heels. If you have bedsores, you may notice many symptoms. The injured area may feel tender or the skin may develop a different texture or color. The skin may also feel warmer. In some situations, you may notice that the wound is full of pus.

You may think that bedsores are a relatively minor injury. However, these wounds can have serious complications when they are not treated. You might develop an infection, and infections can easily affect your bones and joints. Additionally, bedsores which linger for a long time might turn cancerous. It is important to notify your physician as soon as you notice signs of these wounds to make sure you receive the care you need.

 This information is intended to educate and should not be used in place of legal advice.

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