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Do I need to keep my wound dry after surgery?

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You might be able to shower the second day, but it depends on the type of operation you had. Check with your doctor.

Once you have the go-ahead to get your whole body wet, it's better to shower than to take a bath. That's because soaking your wound can soften it and may cause it to open up again. Ask if you need to put on a waterproof dressing.

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Caring for Your Incision After Surgery."

Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals -- NHS Trust: "Caring for surgical wounds at home."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on November 8, 2018

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Caring for Your Incision After Surgery."

Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals -- NHS Trust: "Caring for surgical wounds at home."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on November 8, 2018

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