Surgical incisions require care in order to heal quickly
and completely without becoming infected. Closed surgical incisions require the
same care whether they were closed with sutures, staples, steri-strips or
surgical glue. Open incisions, or incisions that are left open for the surgeon
to close at a later time, require very different care from the standard closed
If you have had surgery and your incision is still healing, plan on showering at
least once a day if you are able. A shower is an ideal way to clean your
incision and remove soap residue without softening the incision to the point of
weakness. If you cannot shower, it is best to take a “sponge bath” rather than
bathe for the first few weeks if you cannot bathe without soaking your incision
for an extended period of time.
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