Managing Surgical Stitches / clips At Home, After Surgery
Yes. There are no restrictions on travel as far as stitches are concerned. However, the movement may cause various degrees of discomfort or pain depending on the surgical site and extent of surgery. Talk to us to know more about how you can manage your travel/commute.
Yes you can. You need not worry about the wound getting contaminated by water and soap. However do not rub the soap directly over the wound as it may incite pain. Work up a lather and apply it gently on the wound. And then rinse thoroughly with water.
We encourage all our patients to take baths daily. This not only keeps the wounds clean but also gives a feeling of freshness.
You can gently dab the stitches with a soft-dry towel. If you are not too comfortable with that, you can use a hair dry to dry the stitches.
Yes. There are no restrictions on general and routine work- like daily activities, simple walking, cooking etc. However we usually advise to avoid heavy and strenuous work for variable periods depending on the extent of the surgery.
You do not have to follow a specific diet with respect to your stitches or surgical wound. It’s a misconception that certain types of diets cause delayed wound healing and pus formation. The dietary advice is given after taking into consideration the type of surgery , presence of diabetes,hypertension, kidney or liver ailments and nutritional status.
The stitches or clips are generally removed 10-14 days after surgery.
No. It is not painful. You may feel mild discomfort during the removal of stitches/clips.
Not really. One of the team members of our excellent home care services will visit your home for stitch removal.
If the drain tubes have already been removed you would have small dressing at those sites. These are small wounds and usually seal off within 2-3 days after the removal of the drain tubes. You can take them off after 2-3 days , by which time the wounds would have become dry. You do not have to apply anything over the wound nor do you require any further dressing over them.
Sometimes the surgical stitch site may have some fluid collection, or pus collection in which cases a few stitches may have to be opened up to let it out. In such a case you may require regular dressing of such a wound to aid in healing. Sometimes due to delayed wound healing the skin edges may not have joined well. In such cases as well we advise regular dressing.
A superficial wound can be managed at home. We would advise on whether you would be able to manage such wounds on your own. If the wound is not simple enough to be managed by you, our home care team will take care of it.
Note if there is any redness around the stitches, a new swelling or unusual pain at any part of the wound. If so, please contact us immediately.