Keep your dressings (bandage) on your wounds clean and dry. If you have 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 if you have this kind.
Change the dressings (bandages) every day if you were told to do so. Be sure to change them more often if they get dirty or wet.
You may have bruising around your wound. 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.
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 it 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.