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How to Care For a Surgical Incision

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Updated April 11, 2014

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Preventing Injury to Your Incision

Part of good incision care is preventing an injury to your incision. Here are two ways to avoid hurting your surgical wound:

Avoid lifting heavy objects– You should receive guidelines on how much you are permitted to lift after your surgery, but plan on avoiding lifting any object heavier than 5 pounds for the two weeks immediately following your procedure.

Avoid sunlight-Sunlight on your incision can increase the appearance of scars once your wound has healed. It is also very painful to have a sunburn on a healing surgical incision.

Sources:

Post-op Instructions: Taking Care of Yourself After Your Operation. National Institutes of Health http://www.cc.nih.gov/ccc/patient_education/pepubs/postop.pdf

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