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Disclaimer: This information does not constitute advice and should not be construed as such. The writer does not accept responsibility for misinterpretation and misuse.


In general, wounds that are produced at surgery are to be treated in the following ways.

They are:

  • Waterproof with a brief shower until reviewed by the doctor.
  • In need of suture removal between 10 and 12 days after the original surgery.
  • Not safe in a bath or spa until the sutures have been taken out and the wound assessed.

If there is excessive redness, pain or swelling near a wound, it is possible that you have an infection. This is rare but needs to be managed by prompt attention. If this occurs outside of office hours please let Dr Sullivan know as soon as is reasonable. If your GP or another doctor has seen fit to start you on an antibiotic, please let us know.