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Your Recovery: Personal CareAfter Going Home

Personal Hygiene

  • Wash your hands before and after you touch your incision.
  • Clean your genital area after you go to the bathroom by wiping from front to back.
  • Wash your hands after you use the bathroom.

After Going Home

  • Take your bath or shower when someone is at home with you in case you feel weak and need help.
  • We recommend you take a shower or a shallow tub bath. This means the water level should be below your incision. It is okay for the incision to get wet, but you should not soak it. You may use soap and water to wash the incision. You may wash your hair as desired.
  • If you had breast surgery, you may shower with your back to the shower stream. Until your drains are removed, it may be helpful to pin a cloth belt or sash that can be tied around your waist. This will provide support for the drain and prevent a pulling sensation.
  • Pat your incision dry and keep it free of creams, powders and ointments.
  • Remember to wash your hands before and after you touch your incision.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing and cotton underpants.
  • If you have had a hysterectomy, do not douche, have intercourse, or use tampons until your doctor says it is all right to do so.
  • If you have had a hysterectomy, you will no longer have a menstrual period. However, some spotting for two to three weeks after surgery is normal.

After Surgery at Woman's: Activity/Exercise | Bowel Function | Bladder Function

After Going Home: Eating and Drinking |Bowel Function | Personal Care | Activity/Exercise  | Scar Massage