To prepare patients for the risks of anesthesia and surgery through education. To encourage patients to ask well informed questions prior to surgery and anesthesia.

Incisions After Surgery

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An Incision After Surgery

After most surgeries you will likely have an incision that will require stitches, staples, tissue glue or tape strips to keep it closed and allow it to heal.  You will need to take good care of these so that they heal properly, limit pain and prevent infection.

Precautions

 It is important that you follow your doctor’s instructions after surgery.  Look at your incision daily and always check for infections. Your doctor will tell you how often to change dressings.

 As a precaution make sure you do not irritate or rub your incisions.  Do not remove your steri-strips until your doctor tells you to do so. Do not take a bath if you cannot keep the wound dry. Do not use lotions on the incisions unless prescribed by your physician.

Watch For This

It is important to watch for any signs of infection.  If any of these following signs are seen, you must call your doctor as soon as possible.

  • Redness or hardening around the incision
  • Any sign of discharge which is yellow or green
  • Changes in the size of the incision
  • Increased warmth around the incision
  • Fever