After surgery is over, most patients have questions and concerns about caring for an incision. They wonder what cleanser is the right cleanser, how hard can they scrub the incision, and if they should be worried about drainage coming out of the incision. Don’t worry, incision care is not difficult, and with some quick tips you will be able to take care of your incision like a professional.
Proper incision care is absolutely essential for preventing infection and other complications, the good news is that you will be educated on wound care before returning home after your procedure. The added bonus is that this care, along with help from your surgeon, can help prevent scars.
Incision Care at the Clinic
After your surgery, it is likely that your surgeon will perform the first bandage change on your incisions. This is so the incision can be inspected for signs of infection and to make sure that the incision is going to close completely.
Taking Care of Your Surgical Incision at Home
At the clinic and at CroCribe Recovery & Spa, your surgeon and nurses take responsibility for your incision care. But once you are at home, the responsibility is all yours. You will be given guidance by doctor nurses at our Recovery House and instructions regarding the care of your incision, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have questions. “How often should I change my surgical bandage?” is a common question, quickly followed by an even bigger question, “How do I change my bandage?” You may also be wondering if there is a right way to clean your incision, or if you can clean it too much. (In short: There is, and you can.)
Making Sure Your Incision Is Healthy
Once you start changing your own bandage, you will also need to inspect the incision, just as your surgeon did, to make sure it is healing properly. You will want to make sure the wound isn’t opening, a condition called dehiscence, or showing signs of infection.
When Bad Things Happen to a Well Cared for Incision
There are times when, no matter how hard you work to prevent infection or take proper care of your incision, you will have complications. Ideally, you will be able to recognize common problems that arise after surgery, such as the signs of infection, so you can seek medical attention promptly. Some of these things are easy to spot, such as pus coming out of your incision. Others may seem like a minor annoyance, such as a tiny gap in your incision, but can develop into a major surgical complication quickly and should be addressed with your Doctor.
When Can You Do Normal Activities?
If you find that your incision is healing well and your pain after surgery has subsided, you may want to get back to your normal activities. After a few weeks of showers, you may find yourself craving a bath or a swim, but wondering if it may be too soon. With baths, and other activities like exercise and sex after surgery, let pain and caution be your guide.
A Word From CroCaribe Recovery & Spa
It is absolutely worth your time and energy to do your wound care the right way every single day. An infection will dramatically slow down your recovery, and that means you won’t get back to your regular life as quickly as you hoped. Infection is easily—and quickly—prevented with appropriate hand washing, wound cleansing, and dressing changes, and that means a faster recovery for you. As an added bonus, a well cared for incision is far less likely to scar, so keep that in mind when you are wondering if the effort is worth the reward.
CroCaribe Recovery & Spa is a Premier PostOp Recovery House Located in Dominican Republic. Our focus is an infection free healing process so you can recover without any complications. Our infection prevention and control protocols, wound care protocols and emergency situation protocols are as same as they are in any USA based clinic. That is due to the fact ownership worked for many years in Healthcare industry in DR prior returning to Dominican Republic .
Although our recovery house is warm and welcoming, it is more of a clinical setting where our primary focus is your post of care. We are not a vacation destination. We are an infection free post op recovery house destination.