sutures removed said not to wash for 3 days--how keep it clean?

nurse removed sutures  and told me not to wash for 3 days--concerned how keep incision clean--it has been 2 months since surgery  and she said not ot use polyspori either

Thank you for any info


3 Comments

Hmmm

by RedRocksGirl - 2019-04-29 23:34:08

Could you just keep a piece of gauze over it for three days? I'd assume if they took sutures out that the incision is closed.  I had my incision sealed with the "glue" (Dermabond/Liquid Skin) and was told not to mess with it and let it come off on its own. The last piece of it came off at 6 weeks post op and they didnt give me any special instuctions past that as far as washing/not washing it or keeping it clean. I just let water run over it in the shower and air dry.

At about 8 weeks out, with the ok of the doctor, I started using bioCorneum Scar Treatment Plus silicone scar gel (it has an SPF of 30). I used it previoulsy on surgical scars and it did a great job flattening and fading them.

Keeping clean

by Gotrhythm - 2019-04-30 16:41:06

Not sure I understand what you mean.

I think "2 months" was a typo.  Sutures are ususally removed 10 days to two weeks post implant surgery.

The reason not to wash the area is because you can actually wash bacteria into the wound. And washing will disturb the miscrospopic changes that the body goes through to repair any break in the skin. Washing will actually slow down the healing process. It really is safer and safer to do nothing and let the body manage the healing on its own.

As for keeping it clean, don't worry about it.  Nothing bad will happen if you don't wash that one area for three days. Unless you plan to do something like shovel manure with your shirt off,  it will stay clean enough.

how hard is it

by ROBO Pop - 2019-04-30 19:57:33

I agree with Gotrhythm at two months you should be long past this concern, and have you bathed at all in those 2 months? Pee Eeew.

Look, just take a clean plastic bag and tape it over the incision using water proof tape.

By the way, wait much longer and they'll be replacing your device so will have to open the incision again and you'll start all over

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