Post-operative care is critical to effective pain management and facilitates faster return to good health. In addition to taking medication, perhaps the most important part of the entire process is caring for the incision where the surgeon made the cut. If the part is not tampered with, you will be able to prevent heavy scarring. Moreover, it will also help to lower instances of pain and discomfort.
It should go without saying that adequate rest, allowing the wound to heal slowly by following the surgeon’s instructions and a proper diet—all these are a must when you are recovering from surgery. As far as the incision area is concerned, you will have to ensure timely changing of the dressing, keep it clean, avoid movement that affects that particular area and have it checked for signs of infection.
How to lower risk of infection?
It is critical that you follow the doctor’s advice and keep the wound area as dry as possible. Preferably, avoid showers in the first 24 hours and stick to sponge baths, taking extra care to not dislodge the dressing. Avoid lathering up the entire area and instead cover the dressing with a Shower Shield PICC Line Cover meant for bandaged wounds, and critical tubes that administer nutrients.
Once the wound shows signs of healing and the doctor says you can get your whole body wet, stick to showers instead of baths. The latter might cause the skin around the wound to loosen, causing the incision to open up again, due to which you might have to visit the doctor again. While bathing, wash the area carefully with soap and water to keep it clean. Don’t use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to clean it under any circumstances. Pat dry gently with a towel before dressing up the wound again and don’t apply lotions and creams without checking in with the doctor first. Scrubbing near the incision is a strict no-no too.
It is normal to experience some amount of soreness and tenderness during the first few days. But if you notice bleeding, smelly discharge, redness, hardening or enlargement of the affected area, call your doctor immediately as it could be a symptom of infection.
Your doctor might also advise you against exposing the incision to sunlight for a few months as the new skin might be prone to get sunburned more easily. Make sure that you write down the instructions given to you by your doctor so that you can care for it well. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call your doctor’s office.
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