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A 34-year-old male asked:

About to shower for the first time after my appendectomy. do put new bandages on the stitches (dissolvable)? it was laparascopic.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
Follow the Rules: Customs vary quite a bit amongst surgeons with respect to how they advise their patients to care for wounds postop. I use "super glue" over absorbable suture w/o any dressing; my patients can shower the day after surgery. If your surgeon made no mention of using a dressing after showering, you are probably "good-to-go", but it's no harm to ask his/her office. Good luck!
Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics 23 years experience
Incisions: No need to put bandages on the incisions. Just dry them off.

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