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How to take care of my incision How to take care of my incision

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Unread 04-05-2012, 06:51 PM
How to take care of my incision

I also have the steri strips but I'm putting a large bandage over top of the steri strips, do you think I should not put the large bandage on and just have the steri strips?
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Unread 04-06-2012, 07:20 AM
How to take care of my incision

Originally Posted by Shadow1 View Post
I also have the steri strips but I'm putting a large bandage over top of the steri strips, do you think I should not put the large bandage on and just have the steri strips?
Ask your doctor, but mine told me I could wear a surgical pad or maxi just inside my underwear on top of it, but i shouldnt tape anything down on top of it because you want air to get to it. Too much moisture can let yeast grow.
Unread 04-06-2012, 07:41 AM
Re: How to take care of my incision

Steri strips should come off on their own after a week or so. If they don't you can start removing them. I was told to leave my incision uncovered and wash with soap and water. I don't have any visable stitches or anything though, so your dr's advice may be different. What does it say on your discharge papers?
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Unread 04-06-2012, 08:06 AM
Re: How to take care of my incision

There's nothing on my dischage papers regarding my incision. They sent me home with 2 larger bandages which I could put over the steri strips, but nothing about continuing to do so or not. I have been reading over posts that some women have only the steri strips. I was thinking of leaving the larger bandage off so that air could get to the incision but I'm a little worried that the steri strips may come off.
Unread 04-06-2012, 08:53 AM
Re: How to take care of my incision

Steri-strips stick for a long time for most people. Mine were on for almost 3 weeks. I was told to keep them on until they fell off by themselves. The positive thing about keeping the steri-strips as long as possible is that generally they help make a better scar as they prevent pulling of the incision (or so they say). My scar goes from looking excellent in spot to having gone hypertrophic in other areas but I have the type of skins that doesn't scar well. I wouldn't be in a rush to take them off.
Unread 04-06-2012, 10:17 AM
Re: How to take care of my incision

Steri Strips should stay on until they fall off. General wound care instructions from past surgeries I have had would indicate that the large bandaid can be and should be removed and the incision left "open to air". The steri strips will look awful and disgusting before they fall off, but let them (ie, if they come off in shower thats ok--in fact thats best --so the skin doesn't stick to the strip and cause the incision to open).

Keeping the bandaid on will cause too much moisture and the skin around your incision may be less intact and less able to heal properly if it is "macerated" by too much moisture. I had an abdominoplasy 6 years ago with three hundred stitches internally and steristips externally. I just applied a sideways pantyliner to my panties at my incision line to absorb any drainage (very little if any) and let the steristips fall off naturally. I will admit I trimmed off the loose junky lint covered edges of the steristrips until the remainder of the strip came off in the shower but I absolutely did not pull any off.

Unread 04-06-2012, 10:38 AM
Re: How to take care of my incision

I never had any steri strips or anything my incision was closed with dura bond glue which I'm glad I didn't have staples or anything, never had to worry about the incision opening. I don't hear of anybody else having glue is this not a normal procedure???
Unread 04-06-2012, 11:17 AM
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I wanted glue but my doctor wouldn't go for it. I hear that one heals better in terms of scarring if the doctor uses glue. Y777 - Consider yourself lucky that your doctor cares that much.
Unread 04-06-2012, 12:03 PM
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I had glue! (And 23 weird tiny staples). I had the large bandage for 4 days and then was told to let it air after my first day home. A few days later when I got the staples out I had steri-strips placed on and was told to take them off before my next shower, which was the next day, and wash the incision with antimicrobial soap.

Every doc is different. Call with any questions. Air is important!
Unread 04-06-2012, 04:18 PM
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I had staples, they were removed on day four before I went home. When the staples were removed they put glue then steri strips. I was told to go ahead and shower, water could run down onto the incision just not to let the shower hit incision directly. Steri strips fell off very slowly around third week. My scar looks really good. I never had drainage or any other problems. As soon as strips fell off I started putting palmers oil therapy on the incision. A nurse recommended the oil but only after the strips and any scab fell off.

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