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Updated on October 20, 2020

Care of your Wound after Surgery

After surgery, your incision wound will start to heal. The wound may vary in size and number depending on the type of surgery performed.  Your surgeon may have used stitches, staples, tape strips (such as Steri-Strips) or tissue glue to close the incision.  You will need to keep the area clean and where necessary, change the dressing to prevent infection and encourage good healing with minimum scarring.  You should watch out for signs of infection or poor healing such as;

  • Redness
  • Tenderness or increasing pain
  • Increasing discharge from the wound site
  • Increasing blood oozing from the wound
  • Discharge is smelly or yellow-green in colour
  • Wound is hot or tense to touch
  • Fever or pain on moving

Click to view Guys&StThomas NHS Trust video on Wound Healing

Post-operative Wound Care

  • Clean your wound site gently with soap and water and pat dry
  • Do NOT rub, scrub or pick at your wound site
  • Keep the wound site clean and dry
  • Avoid creams, power or ointment on the wound site for the first month
  • Avoid direct exposure to the sun for the first 6-12 months after surgery
  • See your doctor or nurse during your follow up within the first 10 days for wound dressing or removal of sutures / staples where necessary

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