Post BA Can/should I Change Water Damaged Bandage?

Hi, I have a crease incision and I'm 6 days post-op and was given the ok to shower today--when I got out of the shower the right bandage was soaked underneath and I'm really nervous that this may cause an infection around the incision. What should I do? I live about 7 hours away from my Dr and I don't go for my follow-up until Sept. 06. I know not to touch the stitches but can I remove and replace the gauze and tape? If you have any advice I would appreciate it!! TX, Kelsey

Doctor Answers (5)

Talk to your surgeon

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Please ask your surgeon.

I generally recommend that when taking a shower, patients remove the gauze + vaseline mesh that is taped over your incision. The small white tapes (called steri-strips) that are under the gauze directly over your incision should be left on.  


Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Wet bandages

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Consult your surgeon to determine whether you can change the dressing. I would personally recommend that you do so but you should rely on his instructions. I think there is a cautionary tale in returning home before sutures are removed and selecting a surgeon at a great distance from your home.

Robert L. Kraft, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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It is best to ask your surgeon how he wants you to take care of the incisions.  Call his office and they will tell you.

Steven Wallach, MD
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