Information about caring for your wound
If you follow the instructions and those given by your nursing team, your chances of complications will be significantly reduced.
Not all surgical wounds need dressings, as skin forms a seal within a day or two of your operation. if you need one, however, it is important to follow our advice. The purpose of a dressing is:
• to absorb any leakage from your wound
• to provide ideal conditions for healing
• to protect the area and allow your wound to heal
• to prevent stitches or clips catching on your clothing
You will be given an appointment to attend the out-patient department for a change of dressing if appropriate.
There are two types of stitches - those that dissolve and those that need to be removed. Dissolvable stitches will usually disappear on their own in seven to ten days. Non-dissolvable stitches may be in place for up to two weeks depending on your procedure. If the stitches cause you pain or discomfort then please contact us for advice.
Clips and staples
Clips or staples have to be removed and we will arrange a follow-up appointment with us or your GP surgery to have these removed. Depending on your procedure, these will be removed between three days and three weeks after your surgery.