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When do I take off the bandage from surgery?

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Your doctor will give you exact instructions on when and how to change your bandage. Most wounds don't need one after a few days, but if you keep the area covered, it may help protect the cut from injury and it may heal faster.

If you do keep a bandage on, change it every day. Wash your hands well with soap and water before and after.

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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