At the time of recovering from surgery, the last thing that you need is an issue with your incision. An incision is a cut that happens from surgery. This can be sewn, taped, stapled or glued by the physician. You have to take proper care to ensure that your incision is taken care of in the right manner. Otherwise, it may get infected and you will have to go through a lot of hassles.
Your incision will turn into a scar only when you provide proper care. These vary by size and location. It is of utmost importance that you take proper care of your incision.
That is why after surgery your doctor will tell you how to take proper care of your incision. The instructions may include the following.
- Try to Keep the Incision Dry –This is especially the thing that you need to keep in mind for the first 24 hours. You should refrain from taking a bath or shower for the first day. Instead of that, you should take a sponge bath on the first day. By the second day you can go for washing with soap and water. Instead of a bath, take a shower if you have skin tape or stitches on your incision. After washing gently dry the incision with a towel.
- Time to Remove the Bandage – In certain cases, your bandage has to be removed the day after the surgery. This depends on the seriousness and the location of the incision. After a few days most of the wounds do not require the bandage. Nevertheless, you may decide to wear the bandage after the incision.
- Restrict the Movement around Stitches – If you are able to restrict the movement around the area of the incision then it will heal faster. You should avoid the activities that may make the incision to get torn or pull apart. In the first month or so after surgery, you doctor may advise you to stay away from any kind of sports, exercise, straining and even lifting. If your incision pulls apart even after that you should call your doctor immediately.
- Removing the Stitches –This is something that is essentially done by the physician. You should never attempt it on your own. The stitches that don’t disappear into the skin are removed by the doctor. From 3 days to a couple of weeks or more after the surgery, these stitches are removed. The time period will depend on how fast you heal and where the stitches are located. Skin tape can be applied by the doctor after the stitches are removed. Added wound support is provided by this skin tape. In 3 to 7days the tape can be removed. Sometimes internal stitches are used to close the incision. They remain under the surface of your skin. These are generally absorbed by the body and do not require to be removed. It may take a month or two for healing the skin and regaining its strength.
- Wash Your Hands – You should always wash your hands before taking care of the incision. You should ask the doctor if you need to clean your wound with wipes or an alcohol based soap.
The above are some of the ways in which you can take care of the incision post-surgery. Just like surgical tape is necessary for properly closing the wound in the right way, similarly these things are also to be kept in mind for effective and fast healing.