Case study: Post-surgical wound on breast

Wound type:

Non-healing surgical wound


63-year-old female


Patient underwent a mastectomy with immediate reconstruction surgery with a breast implant using a T incision under-flap design, similar to a breast reduction

reduction in wound area after 28 days of treatment*
*Individual results will vary

Wound presentation

  • Following surgery, the T portion of the incision was covered with Dermabond™ Prineo™ tape for three weeks. Upon removal, ischemia and skin necrosis had developed
  • The patient was prescribed Keflex™ oral antibiotic and bacitracin antibiotic ointment for two weeks to attempt moist wound therapy but the wound failed to progress


SANTYL Ointment was prescribed for debridement of necrotic tissue. Wound dressings included Adaptic™ and dry gauze.

Individual results will vary


Day 1

  • SANTYL Ointment initiated
  • 4.5cm x 3.5cm
  • 100% necrotic tissue (black and yellow slough)

Day 14

  • 3.5cm x 2.5cm
  • Black necrotic tissue completely removed
  • 20% granulation tissue and 80% yellow slough

Day 28

  • 1.8cm x 1.0cm
  • Some granulation tissue and minimal residual yellow slough
  • SANTYL Ointment discontinued
  • Moist wound therapy with antibiotic ointment and Adaptic dressing initiated


reduction in wound area after 28 days of treatment*
*Individual results will vary

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