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Can knee arthroscopy incisions get wet in shower? Internal sutures, portals covered with steri-strips and adhesive. Need waterproof dressing?
Sorry to: hear that..It will have to heal ?by secondary" means (Gradual "filling in") thus leaving (usually) a prominent scar! REPORT THIS TO THE PRACTITIONER who put in the stitches Cover the wound with a DRY STERILE DRESSING!....Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more
Clean dressing chang: Wound dressings have to be changed in a clean environment (hands washed with soap and water or disinfectant) If the dressing got stuck to the wound, using sterile water or saline solution can aid in minimizing pain. Once the dressing has been removed the wound has to be cleaned and dressed again. The dressing should be chosen based on the amount of drainage: Absorptive vs moisture donating. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cut fingertip with mandolin. Covered the wound with gauze. Twelve hours later, a piece of gauze stuck fast to wound. What danger in leaving gauze?
Soak and remove: Soak and remove it, or it may get trapped in the wound as the skin heals and cause ongoing irritation. If you cannot remove it easily, go to an UC or your doc and they can apply numbing agents and remove it. IF you have not had a tetanus booster in the last 10 years, get one within 72 hours of cutting yourself. ...Read more
Postop w/EJ vein catheter w/sutures, they removed the catheter, put pressure dressing but left stitches in. F/up w/surgeon 2wk, but how do I clean it?
Yes, they dissolve.: Monocryl is an absorbable, clear, monofilament that is often used just under the skin to line-up the edges of an incision. It is less inflammatory than most absorbable sutures, so it is less likely to spit. It also takes a little longer to dissolve. I used it daily for wide range of cosmetic procedures like breast augmentation, tummy tucks (witch hazel) and facelifts. ...Read more
Many possibilities: Perhaps sutures removed too soon, perhaps you have delayed healing related to any of a number of factors such as renal failure, diabetes, poor nutrition, smoking, perhaps there is too much tension on the wound, perhaps underlying infection. Best to see your doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wrist surgery 2 days ago, 1 stitch loose, ~5mm opening. No internal suture, only external chromic dissolvable. Steri-strips suffice? Tensile strength?
See your doc: If you recently had surgery and the surgical wound is coming open, you need to go back to the doc who performed the surgery for additional treatment. You should call them right away and be seen as soon as possible. Infections after orthopedic surgeries can lead to bad outcomes. Don't delay seeing your doc for this! ...Read more
Had stab wound. Staples removed. Now It has stopped bleeding. Wound looks closed. Should I stop putting a dressing/gauze on it?
Probably: At this stage, most healing has taken place and the wound strength is fine. You need a dressing only to absorb secretions if there are any, but if this is not happening, you can leave it uncovered. ...Read more
Had laproscopic gallbladder surgery; 4 incisions 3 days ago. Dr removed bandages but left gauze & waterproof bandage on belly button. Do i remove?
Change bandage: Remove the bandage over the stitches, before showering, if you have been cleared to wash the surgical site by your surgeon. If the wound is not allowed to get wet yet, then do a sponge bath or try to cover the area with plastic wrap to keep it dry first. Do not keep a wet bandage on a healing wound. ...Read more