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Step-by-Step Surgical Bandage Change Instructions

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Updated April 09, 2014

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Remove the Surgical Bandage

To remove a bandage without inflicting pain, do not pull the bandage away from the skin, rather pull the skin away from the bandage. This way, pain is minimized and the process is far gentler on the tender skin surrounding the incision.

If you notice redness not on the incision, but where the tape rests, you may have a sensitivity to the tape you are using. Paper tape has less adhesive than other types of bandage tapes and while it doesn’t provide as strong a seal, it may irritate your skin less.

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