My PS office informed me that my dressing will not be changed until 1 week of surgery. What is the general norm, I hear reviews where ppl are having their tummy tuck dressing change 1 -3 days after surgery. I am worried about the infection if not changed with first few days. My PS office said thats how they do it. Any insight will be helpful.
Dressing Change After TT?
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Dressing Options after a Tummy Tuck
There are many different dressing options after a tummy tuck. These include dressings that are changed at 48 hours post-op, dressings that are changed at a week post-op, and skin glues that don't require any dressing at all to be placed after the surgery. It sounds like your surgeon has selected the second of these options. I do not think this should alter your risk of infection. Good luck
Dressing Changes after Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Congratulations on having undergone the tummy tuck procedure. I do not think that you have to be concerned about your plastic surgeon's recommendations; leaving dressings on for the week proposed will not necessarily increase the risk of infection.
Keep in mind that there are many different ways to handle many aspects of your postoperative care; follow your plastic surgeons recommendations and do not allow “reviews” to increase your anxiety level.
Best wishes for a smooth recovery.
Dressing change after surgery
Each surgeon has his or her own preference. I send my tummy tuck patients to an aftercare facility overnight, and like to see them in the office one day after surgery for a checkup to see how they are doing, if any of the dressings need to be changed, to make sure the drain care is being done properly, and review postoperative instructions and answer any questions. The second postoperative visit is scheduled for the following week, when one or both drains are ready to come out. Even if it is your plastic surgeon's normal routine to wait a week after surgery to see you, if you want to see him or her sooner, I recommend asking for an earlier appointment, especially if the dressings are wet and you weren't instructed on how to change them. If your dressing is dry and clean, you are not at increased risk of infection by having the dressing changed a week after surgery.
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Tummy tuck dressing changes
There is no standard for dressing changes. One week is fine. If the office gave you some additional dressings you could change them yourself, or get additional dressings at a drug store and change them.
When to change the tummy tuck dressing
Thank you for your question. Every surgeon does it alittle different. It would certainly be an issue to see you at two weeks but one week is reasonable. I usually wait five days or so. This allows me to maybe take out one of two drains and clean the area well. It is not easy for you to get to the office , so we try to make each appt. count. Your PS is very experienced. If you are having any type of issue he will see you earlier.
There is no standard time to change a dressing
There are many theories and indications to change a post operative dressingSince the surgery was done under sterile conditions the inside of the dressing is sterile and does not need to be changed immediately after surgery. Some believe it is good to leave the dressing on for at least a week, since this gives time for the wound to start healing before being exposed to an unsterile environment. Once the dressing is removed the surgical incision is no longer considered sterile. I usually remove the surgical dressing in the first few days after surgery to take a look at the incision. The incision is still covered with another layer of dressing tape directly stuck to the skin which I do not remove until it falls off on its own.
It does not seem that you have anything to worry about. Instead, you should be worrying about how your old clothes wont fit anymore and all the new ones you will have to buy after your tummy tuck heals!
When to change dressings following an abdominplasty
I usually cover the incision with a layer of steri-strips. This tape covers and protects the incision during the early healing period. I generally have the patient change the dressing the next day. Some times when it is left on too long it can begin to smell but it is not harmful to the healing process.
Dressing Change After TT
Each surgeon has a post op routine. If you trusted your surgeon to do your operation, I would suggest extending the trust to the post op care regimen. The suggestion they made does not sound at all unusual.
Thanks, best wishes.
Dressing Changes after Tummy Tuck
Every plastic surgeon has their opinion about post-operative care. In my practice we usually replace steri-strips 1 week after surgery. Steri-strips keep the incisons covered and together to prevent infection. We recommend that these are replaced in the office because we are trained and know how to properly change the dressings.
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