The tear between the ribs and the rupture was then sutured
back together. This involved placing stitches in two layers
of muscles, the subcutaneaous tissues and then the skin to
suture it back together.
At surgery a small puncture wound was also noted along her
back. This too was investigated and it was found that the
skin layer had been pulled and separated from the tissues
underneath. The puncture wound was debrided and then flushed
copiously with sterile saline. A penrose drain was then placed
(this allows any fluids to drain away which may develop as
a result of the trauma and possible infection) and then the
wound was sutured together.
Angel stayed in the hospital overnight so that we could continue
her painkillers and observe her. She was still a little uncomfortable
the following day but well enough to go home. We saw Angel
back at the surgery a few days later; her drain was removed
and her wounds were healing well. The stitches were removed
a week later.
Angel is a lucky girl, her injuries were probably caused
by a dog bite, and although they were serious they could have
been a lot worse.