How to Heal a Gunshot Wound
It seems obvious that the best way to treat a gunshot wound is not to get one in the first place. However, if you do find yourself in the unfortunate position of having been shot, it is vitally important to know the best way to treat the injury. Here is some advice that could literally save your life.
Get That Bullet Out!
Go to the hospital right away – if possible, within ten minutes. This is the best case scenario for survival. Do not eat or drink anything, including water, during these early moments following the trauma.
Surgery to remove the bullet, bullet fragments, and small bone fragments should immediately follow arrival at the hospital. Several doctors may be required, including orthopedic surgeons, plastic surgeons, and vascular specialists. The bones may be set using pins and metal plates or not, depending upon the severity of the injury. After surgery, the affected area will be cast and braced to allow the bones to knit together.
Additional surgeries may be necessary if infection occurs, but the use of antibiotics can help reduce the risk of this.
Prepare For The Long Haul…
Gunshot wounds can take months to heal, especially if there are complications. Infection is a common setback, as is the formation of pockets of blood and pus. A fracture not heal, and bone may die if it doesn’t receive adequate blood supply. People with histories of heart disease, diabetes, circulatory problems, or alcohol abuse are particularly at risk for complications.
Studies are inconclusive as to the best methods for healing gunshot wounds, because there are so many variables to consider. The severity of the wound, the development of infections, and persistent wound drainage are a few of these factors.
…And The Even Longer Haul
Even after you have recovered from the initial trauma of the wound, long-term care must continue. This may include treatment for arthritis, infections, and lead poisoning
Finally, the extent of your recovery will, in many ways, depend upon you. The more completely you comply with doctors’ orders, the better your chance of complete recovery will be. Gunshot wounds are serious business, and hopefully, you will never encounter the need to treat one. However, if you do, these tips will start you on the road to healing.