I am starting to freak out a little about the waterproof bandaids covering my incisions. It is 11 days since my surgery. At first I didn't want to remove them or even look at them. I thought they would loosen after several days but they aren't and I can't get them off and I have been in the shower every day. I'm worried the healing will be compromised if I don't get the bandages off and clean the incisions. Anyone else with this problem or does someone know how to get them to come off? I go to the Dr. on Thursday so I'm sure they will take them off then but feel kind of stupid and kind of scared that if I try to pull them off I wll hurt myself.
I removed mine and it wasn't that bad. I have a vertical incision and I just went from the top of the steri strip down. I just used my antiseptic right overtop of the steri strips. They are great for soaking it right up.
Try getting them wet and then try to easily take them off, I was surprised just how easy they came off. I am now 10 days post op and had to remove them now three different times and had no problems.
If you end up removing the steri strips yourself, try pulling both ends toward the middle. That will stop the tugging from pulling at the incision. If you feel more comfortable letting your doctor remove them it should be okay. A few days longer shouldn't make much of a difference.