Keep the wound as clean and dry as possible for the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery
Leave the bandages on the wound for the first 24 hours.
– Follow the instructions for washing, drying and changing the bandage provided by the medical care provider.
Check the wound and sutures daily for any changes.
Ensure that your hands are clean when caring for the wound.
Take pain-relieving medications as directed by your doctor.
Follow up with your health care provider to make sure the wound is healing properly.
Use creams or ointments recommended by your doctor.
-Rub the stitches and use a washcloth directly over the stitches. Instead, use a clean paper towel.
-Leave wet clothing or bandages over the stitches as this allows bacteria to get into the area
and the occurrence of infection.
-Pressure on the sutures area with certain activities.
-Getting the wound into a swimming pool, or direct exposure to water such as washing dishes (unless used).
thick rubber gloves) and others until the stitches are removed.
-Children play with water, mud or sand.
When to see a doctor or go to the emergency room again:
-If the wound is still bleeding after suturing.
-If the stitches fall out before the scheduled time, they should be removed.
When noticing signs of infection, which include:
Redness and swelling of the area.
– High body temperature.
The discharge of pus (a yellow substance) from the wound may indicate infection.
Numbness or tingling around the wound area.
If you are applying bandages over stitches, follow the care instructions given by your doctor.
Source: Saudi Ministry of Health