Caring for your surgical wound

Before you leave hospital the dressing over your wound will be changed by the ward nurse. This will usually be a waterproof dressing.

This dressing can remain in place for up to four days, it should then be removed. However if it becomes loose and allows water to seep under to your wound it should be removed immediately, even if the four days have not elapsed.

It is then no longer necessary to cover the wound with a dressing, however if you find that you clothes irritate your wound you may cover it with a dry nonadherent dressing such as Melolin which can be bought from you local pharmacy for a few more days.

The stiches in your wound will be dissolvable and will not need to be removed.

You may shower normally, allowing to water to flow freely over your wound to clean it, it is important to then dry it gently but thoroughly, this can be achieved by using a hairdryer on a COOL setting.

It is not necessary to use any creams or lotions to aid in the healing process. This may slow the healing process and could promote infection.

If you have any questions or concerns about your wound contact the practice nurse in the rooms on: 4947 8177.

Once your wound is stitched closed, the less interference with the wound, the better. Nature will take care of the healing process, very effectively without any interference.