Post bunionectomy bandage

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I'm 3 days post minor bunionectomy and peeled back outer layer of latex bandage to find an area of 4"x3" dried blood in the gauze wrap that is hard.  I'm not scheduled to go into the doc's office for 10 days and super not happy with current situation.  When I called, they said it was fine.  Thoughts?  

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    In feeling the hard area, it's more like 6"x5".  

     

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      Has your doc instructed you to keep the incision dry? Can you change your own bandage...fresh gauze, etc? My incision was checked and bandage changed 2 days post by the doctor...then I had to keep it dry for another 2 weeks changing my own bandage during that time. Then he wanted to see me again after 2 weeks. My bandage was never bloody though. I'd call your doc again and get more info. Best to you!  
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      I was instructed to keep it dry. I feel competent to change my own as my mom is a nurse and I've a vast amount of experience. I would very much prefer to change it than leave this mess.

      Thank you for your reply!

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    Hi, I am 8 days posy op and have exactly the same situation. As long as the     Blood is dry then that's ok. Post op seepage is common. Probably better to leave the wound and bandage untouched. I have stuffed some cotton wool in around the dried bandage as its beginning to rub my bruised toes and annoy me. I also have 9 days before my next appt. 

    good luck 

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    it should be normal! when I had my bandages changed for the first time I was scared how much blood was on the bandage but its totally normal.and in was taking ibuprofen which causes more bleeding but was told to keep taking KT for swelling. just keep an eye on it but it sounds very normal especially for day 3
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