Wound care  

Wound care    

Proper wound care is important, since it will help you avoid infection and contamination. A clean wound will leave a smaller scar. The wound must be kept clean and dry. If the bandage or plaster gets dirty or wet, it must be replaced with a new one.

Different kinds of stitches are used to close an operation wound:

  1. Dissolving stitches – These do not have to be removed, since the part beneath the skin will dissolve and the rest will fall off.
  2. Non-dissolving stitches – These need to be removed. Unless otherwise instructed by your surgeon, you will need to see your family physician to get your stitches removed. Stitches are removed 12-14 days after surgery.

 

Unless otherwise instructed by your doctor, the operated area can be washed in a shower 48 hours after surgery. When washing and drying, the wound area must not be rubbed, but gently patted dry. Before washing, remove the plaster; place a new dry plaster or bandage on the wound after washing.

While the wound is healing you should only wash in a shower: saunas, baths and swimming are prohibited.  

Wound cleaning:

  • to avoid contaminating the wound, it needs to be cleaned regularly
  • before cleaning the wound, wash your hands with warm water and soap
  • wound cleaning products (such as Cutasept and Asept) can be bought from a pharmacy. After cleaning the wound, it needs to be covered with a clean plaster or bandage.
  • If you feel you cannot take care of your wound yourself, see your family nurse
  • if you notice any redness, swelling around the edges of the wound or that the stitches have broken and you have a fever, contact your family physician