When you get home after surgery, it is important to take care of the incision as it heals. With the proper care, you can reduce scarring, avoid pain, and discomfort, and reduce the risk of infection.
To close the incision, your doctor may have used stitches, staples, tissue glue, or surgical tape strips. You will need to follow your doctor’s instructions to keep the incision area clean, change the dressing, and look for signs of infection.
Follow all instructions
Your doctor will show you how to care for your incision after your surgery to help you reduce the risk of infection. You will have exact instructions on when and how to change your dressing. Some wounds do not need a dressing after a few days while others need to be covered for a longer time.
Your doctor will let you know when it is safe for you to shower post-procedure. The wound and the kind of bandage used will dictate the showering protocol.
Changing the dressing
Your doctor will also inform you when to change your dressing and what to look for. It is always good to be prepared with the necessary supplies before you begin the changing process. Make sure to wash your hands or wear gloves to help reduce the risk of infection.
If your doctor instructed you to clean the incision, do so at this point. Inspect the incision site for any potential signs of infection such as yellow or green discharge, redness or hardening of the site, unusual pain, or fever.
Place a sterile, clean gauze pad or bandage over the incision and secure. Put all the trash from your old dressing into a plastic bag along with your medical gloves. Seal the bag and throw it away. Wash your hands afterward.
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The health information contained herein is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare provider.