Incision Care

An incision is a surgical cut to open your skin. You need to take care of your incision. This helps you to not get an infection.

HOME CARE

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Do not take off your bandage (dressing) or get your incision wet until your doctor approves. Change the bandage and call your doctor if the bandage gets wet, dirty, or starts to smell.

  • Take showers. Do not take baths, swim, or do anything that may soak your incision until it heals.

  • Return to your normal diet and activities as told or allowed by your doctor.

  • Avoid lifting any weight until your doctor approves.

  • Put medicine that helps lessen itching on your incision as told by your doctor. Do not pick or scratch at your incision.

  • Keep your doctor visit to have your stitches (sutures) or staples removed.

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have a fever.

  • You have a rash.

  • You are dizzy, or you pass out (faint) while standing.

  • You have trouble breathing.

  • You have a reaction or side effects to medicine given to you.

  • You have redness, puffiness (swelling), or more pain in the incision and medicine does not help.

  • You have fluid, blood, or yellowish-white fluid (pus) coming from the incision lasting over 1 day.

  • You have muscle aches, chills, or you feel sick.

  • You have a bad smell coming from the incision or bandage.

  • Your incision opens up after stitches, staples, or sticky strips have been removed.

  • You keep feeling sick to your stomach (nauseous) or keep throwing up (vomiting).

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.