If your doctor or therapist provided you with instructions for caring for your stitches, please use those instructions. If you leave surgery and have no idea what to do with your stitches or staples, LB Hand Therapy can help. If you are referred for hand therapy, your therapist will remove the post-surgical dressing and clean the area. Your therapist will then give you instructions on how to care for them following your first appointment.
With any kind of sutures, doctors typically recommend not getting them wet for at least 24 hours. After that, you can rinse the area, but you should NOT scrub or soak the area.
How often should I change the dressing? You want to make sure the incision area is clean and dry. You do NOT need to change the dressing every day if the wound is clean and dry and not oozing. It just depends. You therapist will be able to give you an idea of how often to change your dressing.
What if I have dissolvable stitches? The dissolvable stitches should dissolve or fall out, but often, they tend to stay in and irritate patients. Your hand therapist will remove them if they are holding up the therapy process. Ask your therapist to help you determine if you stitches are dissolvable or not.
Did you recently have surgery or are you planning an upcoming surgery? Do you have questions about what happens after surgery? A therapist is waiting to answer your questions. With Therapy+, you can schedule a one-on-one meeting with a therapist to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Visit the Therapy+ page for more information.