In this article, you can learn the best incision care at home, for optimal healing of your surgical scar.
'The treatments themselves do not 'cure' the condition, they simply restore the body's self-healing ability.' ~ Leon Chaitow, N.D., D.O.
Surgical Wound Care at Home
The first rule is to always keep your wound clean and dry and don’t wash the incision
until you are told to do so, usually about 48 hours after surgery. If you wash the incision earlier, you are running the risk of getting an infection in the wound ~ not a happy thing!
When you are allowed to wash your incision, never scrub it, but
use a soft clean cloth to gently cleanse it. I
recommend using a few drops of the essential oil, Frankincense to your wash water. This essential oil is known to aid in the healing of wounds and has been used since Biblical times. The aromatic scent will heal your soul as well.
If you are lucky enough to have absorbable sutures, they will dissolve and will not need to be removed. If you have regular, non-absorbable sutures, they will need to be removed and often are replaced with steri-strips, an adhesive-like tape to keep the incision intact. Or sometimes, both sutures and steri-strips are used.
Good incision care at home means never pulling off scabs, steri-strips, sutures or peeling skin around the incision. Let them fall off on their own. If you have steri-strips and they are peeling off and bothering you, you may trim off the edges only. Use a small, sharp scissors. Take care not to pull off the remaining steri-strip as you cut, because you may also pull off a scab underneath the steri-strip. A re-opening in the wound creates a portal for a potential surgical site infection.
If you have staples in your incision it will take longer for the
wound to heal. Your physician or home health nurse will take them out
after about a week or so at a follow-up visit. Incision care with
staples is the same as with sutures or steri-strips. Leave them alone
and wash the incision when the doctor says it is OK to do so.
It is not recommended that you soak your incision in a tub until
it is completely healed after several months. Follow the advice of your
surgeon, who knows best what type of wound closures were used and how
long it will take your incision to heal.
When to Call the Doctor
You can help your health care providers with your incision care by watching for signs and symptoms of a potential wound infection or other problems with your incision. The following are symptoms that you should notify your surgeon of immediately:
Never wait it out with these symptoms. This guideline will help you know when to call the doctor.
How to Avoid a Prominent Surgical Scar
Want to avoid an ugly surgical scar? Your incision care should include surgical scar prevention. An occupational therapist taught me these tips:
The combination of the Vitamin E cream and the Frankincense will noticeably reduce the appearance of your scar. The scar massage, in addition to the products will keep the skin nice and supple, increase healing and help break up the scar tissue. Unlocking the incredible and natural healing powers of the Earth through the essential oils is a new wave sweeping across the globe. And it's no wonder, as we reach for more healthy ways to heal our lives!
My own scar on the front of my neck is discernable only if you look
really, really close! If you do your own personal incision care in this manner, you will be pleased with the results.
May your path to healing of your surgical scar be complete as you journey towards the health of your body-mind-soul!
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