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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. 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.

  • To help prevent infection, do not use lotions near the incisions.

  • You can trim off the loose edges of any tape covering the incisions. But, do not remove the strips. 

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 9/10/2013
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