Feeling a little better this morning and so I thought that I would write a little about the vacuum dressing that they are using to dress and cover my wound.
These two pictures show the waterproof plastic dressing and the suction cup that covers it. You can perhaps also see the foam packing that is under the suction cap. The tube is connected to a suction pump with a reservoir trap to catch the gunk that it suck out of the wound.
This seems to do a number of things:
1 - allow the wound to remain moist which I understand promotes better healing.
2 - the foam promotes some skin growth around the edges and the flesh underneath to grow too.
3 - the vacuum draws the edges of the wound together and encourages it to close.
4 - it allows the suction to be there while not getting the wound sucked into the pipe.
Never heard of it before but apart from being tethered to this machine all the time it seems to be making things better faster.
Will keep you posted