Your incision is an important part of your surgery. Proper care of
your incision can help reduce the risk of complications such as
infection and wound breakdown. Always refer to your discharge
instructions or ask your surgeon for specific instructions.
Here are some basic incision care points that I tell my patients:
- Keep the incision clean and dry. Do not get the incision wet
until your surgeon has allowed you to do so.
- Avoid putting
any ointments on or near the incision unless your surgeon has
specifically allowed or recommended this.
- If you could be
exposed to soiled environments, keep your incision covered to avoid
any contamination of the wound.
- Sometimes, ice near your
incision can be helpful to reduce swelling and pain. However,
placing a dry barrier such as a clean towel between the incision and
the icepack is recommended to avoid moisture and freeze injury.
- Elevate the extremity that was treated to help with
- Once any sutures or staples have been removed,
gentle massage with one to two fingers on the tissues near the
incision can help reduce scar tissue formation and can also relieve
mild soreness around the incision.
- Wear a bandage over the
incision when you are wearing tight or irritating garments to help
prevent uncomfortable friction.
Remember, your personal doctor can advise you on specific care for
your unique needs. This is simply meant to give an overview of basic