8. When can I shower after surgery?

June 23, 2017 9:55 pm Published by

a. You will be given wound care instructions upon discharge after surgery. A general rule for bathing is you should not get a non-arthroscopic (longer than a centimeter) incision wet until the sutures are removed, and you should not submerge or soak in water for three weeks after any surgery.

b. You can shower while keeping the incision or dressing dry by using a cast cover bag, saran wrap, or garbage bag to cover the surgical site.

c. Some incisions are amenable to a waterproof dressing that will let you shower immediately. You will be notified if this is the case.

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