You had your hernia repaired and you are on your way home from the surgery center. You are hot and sweaty from the car ride. Your skin is itchy from the betadine skin prep, and you are starting to smell. You have a box of baby wet wipes, but you really want a shower. Is it safe to get naked and jump in the shower?
After your surgery, the body immediately starts the healing process. After 12 hours, the skin is healed enough to prevent bacteria from entering through the incision. So 12 hours after your hernia repair feel free to take off the gauze and the tape and take a shower. Soap will not hurt the incision.
Afterward, you can leave the incision open to the air. If there is some drainage, put a fresh bandage on overnight.
Only one person in the shower with you until you feel stronger.
Bill Brown, MD
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