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After Bypass Surgery: Caring for Your Incision

Your incisions may itch or feel sore, tight, or numb for a few weeks after the surgery. These are all normal signs of healing. Some bruising around the incisions is also normal.

To care for your incisions:

  • Wash them gently with warm water and a mild soap when it is ok with your surgeon. Don't soak the incisions or keep them in water as in a bathtub.

  • To help prevent infection, don't use any lotions or creams near the incisions unless your healthcare provider tells you to do so.

  • Many incisions have small strips of tape to support the wound healing process. After several days, they may fall off as they are no longer needed. Do not remove them prior to this. 

Online Medical Reviewer: Jonas DeMuro MD
Date Last Reviewed: 10/1/2016
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