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Unread 06-15-2007, 07:29 AM
Best ways to protect incision

Well, as of today I have been cleared to take a REAL shower - as long as I protect my incision. Do wonderful ladies have any suggestions?
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Unread 06-15-2007, 08:23 AM

I had my operation on the 2nd of May 2007. I had a total hysterectomy due to endometrosis and due to family history, my consultant advised I would be at high risk for ovarian cancer as I have lost both parents to cancer. Don't know if i am being unrealistic about my expectations. Still unable to do very little and now not sleeping great. Don't see my consultant until next week. In the last week I have become less patient more emotional. Hubby has been very supportive but finds difficult to deal with. I feel my brain has been removed as I finally ventured out on the bus and at least twice got the wrong bus. I feel I have lost my confidence. Unable to make decisions and memory is non-existent.
Unread 06-15-2007, 08:55 AM
Best ways to protect incision

place a piece of plastic wrap and tape around the edges. it should keep it dry.
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Unread 06-15-2007, 09:40 AM
Best ways to protect incision

Why do you have to keep it dry? I took a shower on day two in the hospital. No restrictions, just had to dry it off by patting it dry and keeping it dry afterwards. I have showered every day since my surgery, with no problem. I wonder if it depends on the type of incision you have and what was used to close it? I had absorbable sutures.
Unread 06-15-2007, 10:29 AM
Best ways to protect incision

Not understanding why you can't shower either....I've been showering every day since the day after my surgery with no complications. Just pat dry instead of rubbing. I had a total hysterectomy.
Unread 06-15-2007, 10:43 AM
Best ways to protect incision

I had surgery with a vertical incision closed with staples on Tuesday and showered before I left the hospital on Thursday. My Dr. told me showers were fine, but no baths.
Unread 06-15-2007, 11:00 AM
Best ways to protect incision

Lulu -

You might your Drs office for clarification. I was told day 2 that showers were fine. Watch for infections but showers were good to keep it 'clean'. The one thing I did do while I still had surgi-strips was to put my blow dry on cold and blow them until they were good and dry.

There's nothing that feels better than a shower. I might suggest if you are still a little unsteady (I know you didn't say but just in case) you make sure someone is in the next room. You might also schedule your shower for first thing in the morning or after a nap so you are rested.

Unread 06-15-2007, 01:45 PM
Best ways to protect incision

When I called my docs office for clarification she said that she did not want to risk infections, opening it while drying or other aggrevations (from soaps and stuff). I did not understand at first because when I had my tubal I was able to shower after they took the staples out. She used absorbable sutures.

I did the plastic baggies and tape - it was almost a totally successful shower except for my hair. I have very long thick hair so a friend is bringing a stool over tonight and she is gonna to wash, deep condition and braid it for me.
Unread 06-15-2007, 01:59 PM
Best ways to protect incision

Lulu -

I know you feel better if a bit beat after that. Even with short hair, I found that a little challanging, its great to have good friends that are willing to help.


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