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Step-by-Step Surgical Bandage Change Instructions

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Updated June 30, 2014

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Check the Incision

This is the best time to check your incision for signs of infection and to make sure the incision is staying closed.

Your incision may be red, but it should become less red as it heals. It should also be "well approximated" meaning that the sides join together neatly without gaps. It should not look as though it is beginning to pull apart.

At this time, check for any drainage from the wound, including blood and pus.

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