Post-Operative Wound Care
You will be given some general instructions about what to do after your surgery. Your surgeon may also give you some special instructions on how to care for the surgery area. Be sure to follow those instructions carefully.
Your surgeon will want to talk to you post-operatively if you:
- Have questions about you home care instructions, such as wound care, diet or activity level, therefor you need to schedule a follow up appointment at the rooms after the surgery.
- Have problems with your prescription medicines. These problems may include rash, hives, nausea, vomiting or stomach problems (diarrhoea).
- Histology and operation procedure will be discussed on this appointment.
If the instructions from your surgeon are not clear or do not cover your particular problem, contact your surgeon immediately. If you symptoms or problem occur after office hours, follow instructions given on the answering machine or page one of the two surgeons (012)333-6000 or go to your nearest casualty unit.
PLEASE do not smoke or use tobacco products. Smoking slows healing because it decreases blood supply and delays tissue repair.
- Write down your symptoms or problem. It may help you become more aware of your specific symptom or problem or give you an idea about its cause. It will also help to prepare you to talk to your surgeon about what you are experiencing.
- Like all wounds, healing may be affected by intrinsic and extrinsic factors that may result in post-operative wound complications, such as surgical site infections, which delay healing.
- Surgical site infection (SSI) is the most common post-operative incisional complication. Others include post-operative blistering and wound dehiscence, which may often be related to surgical site infection and comprises approximately 20% of all healthcare associated infections.
SSI can range from a spontaneously limited wound discharge, recognised usually with 7-10 days of an operation, to a life threatening post-operative complication, such as abdominal wound dehiscence.
- To support our patients, a strategy for the prevention of SSI (Surgical Site Infection) is provided and specific guidelines have been issued to prevent and manage complications. They highlight the importance of a thorough and structured approach to post-operative care.
- All patients get educated regarding the optimal wound care, how to identify a wound that is failing to heal and who to contact if they are concerned about a possible Surgical Site Infection.
Basic Wound Care Treatment
Patients are being advised that they can shower or bath safely 48 hours after their surgery. Cover the dressing with a plastic bag or take sponge baths to prevent dressings from pulling away from the skin.