1) How often should we shower after the surgery?
The patient should not take showers 24 or 48 hours after the surgery, but after that the patient should shower as regularly as they did before the surgery (once or twice a day).
2) How and when should the tape be changed?
Usually the surgeon answers this question during the final check-up. Regular practice is to change tapes with an antiseptic spray during the check-up and then 5-7 days after the surgery. If the healing process is normal and the surgeon doesn’t give any additional instructions, the patient should take the tape off after 5-7 days, wash the skin and the wound with running water and regular soap. Then the patient should dry the wound with a clean towel and reapply the tape. It is recommended to use the tape for 3-4 weeks, as the scar becomes firm enough within this period.
3) How should the swelling be treated?
We usually start treating the swelling here at the clinic with lymph drainage massages before the patients leave. We encourage patients to have a couple of massage sessions at home as well. Avoiding salt in the diet and light physical activity also help reduce the swelling.
4) What physical activity is advised?
The patient should undertake only light physical activity, e.g. walking for the first 2-3 weeks. Standing for a long period of time and running should be avoided.
5) How do I know that I have a seroma?
If you have a seroma, you will see how the fluid moves under your skin. It creates waves of skin. Seroma usually occurs 2-3 weeks after the surgery and you should see your GP as soon as possible, if you have any kind of suspicion (the scar increased in size, one part of your body is bigger than before, etc.).
6) How to avoid infections?
7) How do I know if I have an infection?
When any of the following symptoms are noticed, it is important to see your GP as soon as possible:
- increased swelling;
- pain and redness;
- the skin is warm/hot;
- yellow fluid/pus;
- bad odor is discharging from the incision site, fever.