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A 24-year-old female asked:

in a post appendectomy or exlap patient, when should the wound be cleaned and dressing changed? how often?

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Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 39 years experience
Ask your surgeon: It really depends on whether the wound was closed primarily (i.e., sutured up tight) or left open to heal in secondarily, something we do with really dirty wounds. Your operative surgeon would be the best source of advice for your specific wound(s).
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 24 years experience
Daily but steri stay: Most patients are discharged with a dressing that can be removed. Daily dressing changes allow the incision to be inspected. If you had exploratory laparotomy you may have steri strips or staples. They stay until you see your surgeon. The instructions should be on discharge summary. Including shower instructions. Your surgeon will review findings and look at wound in follow up.

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A 37-year-old female asked:

How long does the wound heal from inside after appendectomy?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Surgical wounds: Get their maximal tensile strength at about six weeks post surgery.

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