Post-op dressings - is it safe to keep them on long??

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Hi everybody,

I had my GB removed 4 days ago laparoscopically and yesterday replaced all but one  post-op dressings, which is the biggest hole/cut through which they pulled out the GB and which has some skin redenning underneath it , so I thought it's best to leave it alone a few more days.

Do you know if it's safe to leave the dressing unchanged for a week? My concern is that the plaster underneath may get "permanently" stuck to the skin if left for too long.

Do you have any experience with that?

thank you

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    I was told to leave mine on for ten days which I did and they healed up really well and no problem getting them off. I am now three weeks post op. Still got some scabs but all nice and dry. The less you can interfere with them the less chance of introducing infection so best to just leave them on. smile All the best with your recovery smile
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      Hi Jane3315, thanks for sharing your expereince - I'll keep then mine on the belly button for a week or so. smile
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      Hey! How are you? I'm so late to give my feedback.Anyways,I did the same thing just leave it for days. But maybe this time you removed it already.

      Hope you're doing well now

      Rgards,

      Katherine

       

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    I am now 2 weeks post my GB removal I was asked to leave the bandages on for a week. I took them all off bar the one on my belly button and took that off a day or two later too. They are all healing well - some scabs still there but it's all good so far. They say it's cool to shower but now to have a bath until 2-3 weeks post op at least

    Heal well

    Take care Dee

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    I was lucky.

    I'm from the U.S. and I see how different sometimes medicine is practiced between here and the UK.

    My surgeon did mine laproscopically. She chose the Roud of surgical glue instead of sutures and left the incisions open without any dressings, and they healed amazingly well. I was able to shower the next day. I just had to be careful around the Incisions.

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      I think I had an allergic reaction either to that glue or to the adhesives in the bandages. US here too.
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    I would follow your doctors instructions. When I was able to wash my wound with soap and water (per doc orders when it was safe), I would dry it with a hair dryer to make sure no infection started. You won't find this in any medical manual but I bet it seemed to work.
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      Hi James,

      I am afraid I already haven't follwed it, as the insruction was to change them 48 hours post-op, and I changed 3 after 72 hours and the one on the belly button is still on. I intend to keep it on for another 2-3 days, as I see this worked fine for Jane and Dee.

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      also, I dried mine wound naturally when changing the dressings - no hair drier, no cloth - nothing. Disinfected the wounds with surgical spirit and also put some iodine on new dressings before putting them on.
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