Treatment and First Aid
Post-operative dressings for a full recovery
Post-operative dressing change means changing bandages and cleaning the wound. This is a medical activity performed by a professional with the appropriate medical products for the first operation. The dressing change is vital to assess the wound healing process and to ensure its cleanliness by changing contaminated and soiled bandages. Post-operative dressing is done with sterile and breathable materials.
The frequency of dressing changes is a medical decision. Normally the first dressing change takes place on the day after surgery, then on the 5th day and on the 14th day with removal of the suture or staple, which may take place even earlier if the wound is bleeding or signs of infection appear (redness, pain, swelling or warming). The same applies if the bandage is damp or dirty.
Wound healing time after surgery varies from person to person. An important role is played by post-operative dressings performed by a professional with the appropriate medical products. Dressings are made of sterile materials that are gentle on the skin and leave no residue, being permeable to air and water vapour. The choice of a suitable dressing also depends on the type of post-operative wound: if it is healing, a post-operative medicated plaster is preferred, it is impermeable and provides protection against dirt and bacteria; other types of dressings are specially made to feel less pain during removal. Still others consist of an absorbent hydrogel pad that facilitates wound inspection and detection of infection.
Frequently asked questions
How to perform post-operative dressing?
Post-operative dressings are performed on the patient by a professional to ensure optimal cleaning and recovery of the injured area. Here is how to take care of a wound after surgery:
Post-operative dressings must be chosen according to the type of wound that will be treated. Most of them are sterile, adhesive plasters that absorb any secretions and protect the injured part from bacteria and dirt. Thanks to their high adhesion, they do not present any risk of chafing. Some products are transparent and have a hydropolymer pad that facilitates post-operative wound control, thanks to a skin-friendly and ultra-thin film.