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Post surgical wound care, frequency of dressing change?

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Dr. Hanriet Minasian
Internal Medicine
9 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

The frequency of wound care depends on the type of surgery, location of wound, size of wound, type of closure, and other information.
You should consult your surgeon for their specific instruction . Causes of concern for a wound infection include fevers, pain and redness of area that is worsening, and pus or odor from incision area.

In brief: Depends

The frequency of wound care depends on the type of surgery, location of wound, size of wound, type of closure, and other information.
You should consult your surgeon for their specific instruction . Causes of concern for a wound infection include fevers, pain and redness of area that is worsening, and pus or odor from incision area.
Dr. Hanriet Minasian
Dr. Hanriet Minasian
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4 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

You should see what your surgeon wants you to do? Usually you will get an instruction sheet regarding your post-operative care.
Or call the surgeon's office with your question.

In brief: Depends

You should see what your surgeon wants you to do? Usually you will get an instruction sheet regarding your post-operative care.
Or call the surgeon's office with your question.
Dr. Tharesh Udupa
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Dr. Robert Dorsey
Wound care
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on the wound

This is all determined by the type of wound that you have.
No opening dressing on for a couple of days. Open wound then depends on the wound care ordered by the physician.

In brief: Depends on the wound

This is all determined by the type of wound that you have.
No opening dressing on for a couple of days. Open wound then depends on the wound care ordered by the physician.
Dr. Robert Dorsey
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Dr. Nicholas Mexas
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

I depends on size of wound, what kind of product you are putting on and how much drainage it has.
Ideally, the surgeon should have given you some guidelines but generally if the dressing is wet, it needs to be changed.

In brief: Depends

I depends on size of wound, what kind of product you are putting on and how much drainage it has.
Ideally, the surgeon should have given you some guidelines but generally if the dressing is wet, it needs to be changed.
Dr. Nicholas Mexas
Dr. Nicholas Mexas
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Surgical wound

Your surgeon should be giving you very clear instructions on the care of this wound.

In brief: Surgical wound

Your surgeon should be giving you very clear instructions on the care of this wound.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on the wound

Dressing change frequency needs to be determined by your physician.
Some wounds require frequent changes, while others require the dressing to be performed several days after the surgery. Consult with your physician as to how frequently he or she would like you to have the dressing changed.

In brief: Depends on the wound

Dressing change frequency needs to be determined by your physician.
Some wounds require frequent changes, while others require the dressing to be performed several days after the surgery. Consult with your physician as to how frequently he or she would like you to have the dressing changed.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: First change

It depends on the type of wound and the operation.
Typically, the first post surgical dressing change occurs in 48-72 hours with the subsequent frequency of dressing changes dedicated by the above mentioned factors.

In brief: First change

It depends on the type of wound and the operation.
Typically, the first post surgical dressing change occurs in 48-72 hours with the subsequent frequency of dressing changes dedicated by the above mentioned factors.
Dr. Todd Campbell
Dr. Todd Campbell
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