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    Any docs or experience on here?

    Had a minor opp at the doctors today. (removal of cist on my chest, v small one though, like 5mm)

    The surgeon didnt mention anything about how long to keep dressing on etc and I forgot to ask.

    Any clues as to whetherr I can shower/bath with dressing on, or do i take it off and put more dressing on after?

    Can I get stiches wet? (need to be removed in 7 week)


    What call docs but are shut and i need a shower :P

    Thanks all

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    no dont wash for two weeks to keep it dry

    Banned

    have to improvise and keep it dry for a week, then you can change dressing and have a shower/bath while dressing is off

    Phone NHS direct?

    Original Poster

    7 weeks I was told to wait till I remove stiches.

    Can that be right?

    I have to wait 7 weeks before I can shower again!! ?

    not sure if its any help but when i had my gallbladder out i was allowed to shower etc, you can always get new dressings to put on.i had 5 dressings on in different parts. but mine were staples not stitches.

    Original Poster

    sickly sweet;8807342

    Phone NHS direct?



    Not near a phone :roll:

    Being lazy, and chest hurts!! :P

    Banned

    you could get a black bin liner and cut to fit for correct body size so it covers the scar area and then your free to have a david gower... another top tip from D_C

    Or get a bath and make sure you dont get the dressing wet?

    Banned

    7 weeks to have stitches removed,what hospital you at, one in the wild outback

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    sassie;8807377

    7 weeks to have stitches removed,what hospital you at, one in the wild … 7 weeks to have stitches removed,what hospital you at, one in the wild outback



    Worse! an NHS one :thumbsup:

    Wash twice a day to avoid infection, use a mixture of dettol and domestos over area, should be fine

    Original Poster

    sassie;8807377

    7 weeks to have stitches removed,what hospital you at, one in the wild … 7 weeks to have stitches removed,what hospital you at, one in the wild outback



    IT does seem a bit ridiculous. Will call them tomorrow. And this is the first time ive gone NHS, for other opps ive always had those stiches that desolve. Duno why they wouldnt use those as it would save the NHS time and money, but what do I know:P

    Ill call them first thing in morning and find out. Def need some kinda wash before I go out tomorrow night :P

    Bully;8807395

    Wash twice a day to avoid infection, use a mixture of dettol and domestos … Wash twice a day to avoid infection, use a mixture of dettol and domestos over area, should be fine



    Ouch, that would hurt and sting so badly!
    I hope you manage to have a nice shower and that it heals soon.

    JohnBall;8807408

    Def need some kinda wash before I go out tomorrow night :P



    Lol, do a pits and bits wash :giggle:

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    Bully;8807395

    Wash twice a day to avoid infection, use a mixture of dettol and domestos … Wash twice a day to avoid infection, use a mixture of dettol and domestos over area, should be fine


    and some salt for good measure :?

    dog_cop;8807428

    and some salt for good measure :?



    and lemon just in case :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    It was 7 days for stitches not 7 weeks. Doctor made a howler

    I am a nurse---if you can see the stitches--they are removable and normally come out after a week--if you can't see them--they are absorb able and you don't need to worry about getting them out---try not to get the wound wet in the shower--but with a wound so small -just dry if gently with a piece of sterile gauze. If it becomes very red --see your G.P. at once. Good Luck.
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