Cleaning incision after hysterectomy | HysterSisters
HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support and Information
Advertising Info HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support Tutorial

Go Back   Hysterectomy HysterSisters > Hysterectomy Support Posts > Hysterectomy Recovery (post hysterectomy)


HysterSisters.com is a massive online community with over 475,000 members and over 5 million posts.

Our community is filled with women who have been through the Hysterectomy experience providing both advice and support from our active members and moderators.

HysterSisters.com is located at 111 Peter St, Toronto, Canada, M5V2H1 and is part of the VerticalScope network of websites.

With free registration, you can ask and answer questions in our HYSTERECTOMY forum community, get our FREE BOOKLET, access Hysterectomy Checkpoints and more.

You are not alone. The HysterSisters are here for you. Join us today!
join HysterSisters for hysterectomy resources and support
Reply

Cleaning incision after hysterectomy Cleaning incision after hysterectomy

Thread Tools
  #1  
Unread 04-18-2021, 06:47 AM
Cleaning incision after hysterectomy

Hi all. A doctor who participated in my surgery came by the day after my surgery and told me that the day after I got home I should remove the bandages. She also said I should take showers only (no baths) and wash the incision area (abdominal incision) with soap and water, rinse and dry. Meanwhile all the nurses and other medical people said "no soap" and to avoid getting wet. When I asked the doctor about this: she said people have different opinions. I also asked her how often to shower (wash area). She said "every other day.'

Questions:

1) what do you think of soap and water on the incision? I've only been using unscented dove soap for sensitive skin and definitely don't rub it in, just a little and rinse and dry.

2) I normally don't take showers that often. esp during the pandemic and in recovery. If I'm taking a shower only 1-2x a week, is it still important to wash the incision every other day? Or is it enough to wear clean clothes each day? The only thing I see that gets on it is sweat sometimes when in bed and too hot.

Thanks!
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Unread 04-18-2021, 08:05 AM
Re: Cleaning incision



If your doctor told you to wash your incision area every other day, that's what you should do. I had an abdominal incision and my instructions were showers only and let the soapy water flow over the area and then rinse with plain water. After showering, the area was to be patted dry - no rubbing with the towel. It's important to keep the area clean and dry to minimize the risk of infection.

Hope this helps!



P. S. - Please take a moment to complete your Member Survey so everyone can see at a glance what type of surgery you had. You can do that using this link: Member Survey, and then click on the "Send Answers" button near the bottom of that page.
  #3  
Unread 04-18-2021, 10:53 AM
Re: Cleaning incision

I showered daily and just let the soapy water run over it, no direct spray from the shower, then patted dry. I didn't cover it so it stayed dry and it healed perfectly. You should do as your doctor recommends so if she says every other day then that's what you do.
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #4  
Unread 04-19-2021, 03:56 AM
Cleaning incision after hysterectomy


Remember that your surgeon is the ultimate authority on what you should be doing after your surgery, so you should be following her instructions regardless of what others are telling you. My surgery was laparoscopic, and I was given the same basic instructions as April Dawn. I also hear you on not showering as often; since pandemic lockdowns closed my local Y, I've gone from swimming 3 times a week and showering right afterwards to being lucky if I can remember to shower once a week. If you have a detachable showerhead like I do, then you can use that to clean your incision like you would if you were actually having a shower. Wishing you all the best for continued health and healing!
  #5  
Unread 04-20-2021, 04:21 PM
Cleaning incision after hysterectomy

No wet incision for one wee, cover with a waterproofing plaster. Then after a week remove and have shower no bath tub or swimming for 6 weeks.

What a crazy doctor...


  Quote:
Originally Posted by ALandau View Post
Hi all. A doctor who participated in my surgery came by the day after my surgery and told me that the day after I got home I should remove the bandages. She also said I should take showers only (no baths) and wash the incision area (abdominal incision) with soap and water, rinse and dry. Meanwhile all the nurses and other medical people said "no soap" and to avoid getting wet. When I asked the doctor about this: she said people have different opinions. I also asked her how often to shower (wash area). She said "every other day.'

Questions:

1) what do you think of soap and water on the incision? I've only been using unscented dove soap for sensitive skin and definitely don't rub it in, just a little and rinse and dry.

2) I normally don't take showers that often. esp during the pandemic and in recovery. If I'm taking a shower only 1-2x a week, is it still important to wash the incision every other day? Or is it enough to wear clean clothes each day? The only thing I see that gets on it is sweat sometimes when in bed and too hot.

Thanks!
  #6  
Unread 04-20-2021, 08:00 PM
Re: Cleaning incision

Well I don't think she's so crazy because my incision seems fine.
  #7  
Unread 04-21-2021, 05:45 PM
Re: Cleaning incision after hysterectomy

I was given the same basic instructions as April Dawn, Kel66, Tiger_Eye & Chris Brown; no wet incision for at least one week, keep covered w/ a waterproof bandage, after that remove bandage, shower every other day (no bath) let the soapy water run over it, no direct spray from the shower, then pat dry. I have about 9" vertical incision (radical full hysterectomy from hell). I had some minor complications, went home from hospital w/ a few 'consolation prices' hubby had to help clean/care for incision, drain & catheter. it was a slow process/healing but here I am still kicking 2 years, 9 months later.
  #8  
Unread 04-22-2021, 04:13 AM
Re: Cleaning incision after hysterectomy

Ok so some are told keep dry for a week but I was told I could shower 2 days post op so I did, then showered daily after that. I made sure it was dry before covering it up, and I only keep it covered for about 5 days post op. The point is all doctors seem to have different instructions and you should follow YOUR instructions, not someone elses.
  #9  
Unread 04-24-2021, 04:39 PM
Re: Cleaning incision after hysterectomy

I showered the day after my C-section. Same incision. I showered daily and let the soap and water wash over it, no rubbing, Pat dry before putting binder back on. No swimming or baths for 6 weeks. I think it depends on what your surgeon says because it depends on whether you have stitches, staples, glue or a combo of all those things. I had stitches on the inside, tucked in, and glue on the outside. Also had strips I think.
Reply

booklet
Our Free Booklet
What 350,000 Women Know About Hysterectomy: Information, helpful hints as you prepare and recover from hysterectomy.
Answers to your questions
Register




Thread Tools

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
From This Forum From Other Forums
5 Replies, Last Reply 07-02-2020, Started By Jkillian70
4 Replies, Last Reply 09-05-2019, Started By Anita112770
15 Replies, Last Reply 02-09-2018, Started By MelJD
3 Replies, Last Reply 02-17-2017, Started By LorettaMendoza
1 Reply, Last Reply 03-15-2016, Started By Mona123
4 Replies, Last Reply 07-10-2014, Started By Gracehope
5 Replies, Last Reply 04-10-2014, Started By RhondyLee
7 Replies, Last Reply 07-01-2012, Started By Rene26
3 Replies, Last Reply 09-07-2009, Started By pfmk
2 Replies, Last Reply 12-27-2008, Started By scared28yr
5 Replies, Last Reply 07-11-2008, Started By azeala
5 Replies, Last Reply 12-27-2006, Started By Melanie228
2 Replies, Last Reply 12-24-2006, Started By slverwlf
2 Replies, Last Reply 04-19-2006, Started By eclark
3 Replies, Preparing for Hysterectomy (pre hysterectomy)
5 Replies, Preparing for Hysterectomy (pre hysterectomy)
11 Replies, Preparing for Hysterectomy (pre hysterectomy)
1 Reply, Preparing for Hysterectomy (pre hysterectomy)
16 Replies, Preparing for Hysterectomy (pre hysterectomy)
4 Replies, Preparing for Hysterectomy (pre hysterectomy)



Advertisement

Hysterectomy News

May 18,2021

CURRENT NEWS

HysterSisters Takes On Partner To Manage Continued Growth And Longevity
I have news that is wonderful and exciting! This week’s migration wasn’t a typical migration - from one set ... News Archive

TODAY'S EVENTS

Calendar - Hysterectomies - Birthdays


Request Information


I am a HysterSister

HYSTERECTOMY STORIES

Featured Story - All Stories - Share Yours

FOLLOW US


Your Hysterectomy Date


CUSTOMIZE Your Browsing  


$vbulletin->featuredvideos is not an array!
Advertisement


Advertisement