You may change the dressing every day if your provider tells you to do so. Be sure to change your dressing if it gets dirty or wet.
You may have bruising around your wounds. This is normal. It will go away on its own. The skin around your incisions may be a little red. This is normal, too.
DO NOT wear tight clothing that rubs against your incisions while they heal.
Keep your dressing (bandage) on your wound clean and dry. If there are sutures (stitches) or staples, they will be removed about 7 to 10 days after surgery. Some stitches can dissolve on their own. Your provider will tell you if you have them.
Unless you are told otherwise, do not shower until after your follow-up appointment with your provider. When you can shower, let water run over your incision, but do not scrub or let the water beat down on it.
DO NOT soak in a:
- Swimming pool
- Hot tub
until your doctor tells you it is okay.
Press a pillow over your incision when you need to cough or sneeze.