It’s never easy to recover from surgery; but if you’ve never had surgery before, the struggle can be quite intense. While those recovering from major surgeries often have to spend a certain amount of time in the hospital, those recovering from relatively minor surgeries may be discharged soon after, or even on the day of surgery. However, just because the surgery itself was relatively minor doesn’t mean that you don’t have to take it easy for a while, and listen to your doctor’s instructions. Of course, those instructions are paramount above any others — your doctor will know better than anyone else what you need to do after your specific procedure. Nonetheless, for an optimal recovery there are certain tips that everyone should keep in mind. This is particularly true if your surgical site was not closed with conventional sutures, but rather another type of sealant like waterproof liquid bandages. Waterproof liquid bandages are often somewhat unfamiliar to people, and many don’t know how to work with them. If you don’t take care of your surgical incisions properly, you could be at risk for reopening a wound, and compromising your health through infection or other means. With that being said, let’s look into some of the factors to keep in mind when recovering from surgery with waterproof liquid bandages.
1. Avoid Water
Simply because liquid bandages are waterproof doesn’t mean that you should soak your surgical site in water. Waterproof liquid bandages should still be treated with care. Nonetheless, you should still follow typical medical wisdom when it comes to surgical recovery. Most patients are advised to wait several days before showering after surgery. In general, you should keep your surgical incisions dry. Waterproof wound sealant bandages aren’t as easy to see as traditional waterproof bandages, as the sealant itself is often clear. This means that many people cause damage to their liquid bandages without even realizing it, especially if they assume that they can’t be negatively affected by water. After letting the sealant settle for a few days, it will be much easier for you to get in the shower and, if you’re properly recovered, even swim with liquid waterproof bandages.
2. Keep The Site Clean
You can’t assume that a liquid bandage will keep your surgical site completely clean on its own. You still need to follow your doctor’s instructions on when to clean the incision, and with what. At times, you may even have to have your bandages removed and replaced. Of course, you can also do what you need to do to keep the site clean by steering clear of activities that may kick up a good amount of dust or dirt, and wearing loose clothing that will encourage airflow and keep your skin dry. Another thing you should keep in mind when trying to keep your surgical site clean is the importance of avoiding too much sweat, as that could also compromise the surgical site.
3. Abstain From Too Much Exercise
One of the reasons why people have such a hard time recovering from minor surgery is that they often don’t feel too poorly — in fact, many people feel like they’re fine after surgery, and then jump back into their regular routines. This can include exercise and working out. You can easily injure yourself through this kind of activity, as well as reopen your wound and potentially hurt yourself further. Opening your liquid bandage could also expose you further to infection. If your doctor tells you to abstain from physical activity, you need to abstain!
At the end of the day, surgery is surgery and must be treated as such, just as liquid bandages should be treated with the same level of respect as typical bandages. If you respect your surgery and take your time to recover, you’ll be able to be back to your old self in no time — though depending on the type of surgery you’re recovering from, hopefully you’ll feel even better! If you’re a surgeon looking for innovative waterproof liquid bandages, contact DrySee today.
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