What to Expect at Home
An incision is a cut through the skin that is made during surgery. It is also called a surgical wound. Some incisions are small and others are long. The size of the incision depends on the kind of surgery you had.
Sometimes, an incision breaks open. This may happen along the entire cut or just part of it. Your doctor may decide not to close it again with sutures (stitches).
If your doctor does not close your wound again with sutures, you need to care for it at home, since it may take time to heal. The wound will heal from the bottom to the top. A dressing helps absorb drainage and keep the skin from closing before the wound underneath fills in.