How to properly manage the flow after the surgery
Post surgery flows are frequent. They can last between 3 and 5 days depending on the number of incisions made. Where do they come from ? How to manage this flow after surgery in everyday life once you get back home ?
Why is there discharge after the operation?
The lipoedema surgery requires making small incisions to pass the liposuction cannulas. At the end of the operation, Dr. Zwillinger does not close these incisions. This allows a better healing of the wounds. The discharge present in the body will be drained from these little incisions. The injection fluid, physiological saline / anesthetic fluid mixture and blood can drain for about four days after the surgery.
How often should I change my dressings?
The post surgery flows are continuous or discontinuous but in relatively small quantity. These are mainly sero-hematic or even only serous discharges. The first evening and the day after the operation, the discharge may be constituted with more blood, but overall the discharge will stop on its own after three or four days. You should change your dressings as soon as you notice that they are stained with heavy discharge, and only then. You should therefore change the dressings two to three times a day at most and perhaps not all the dressings each time.
How to change the dressings?
The incisions are protected by dry sterile compresses covered with sticky bandages. These dressings are held in place by tights and compression bands. Dressings should be changed as soon as they become stained and dirty. Just replace them with new sterile dry compresses and keep them with sticky bandages. You don’t have to wash your legs every time you change your dressing. But you need to clean the area with disinfectant or physiological saline. Dry well before replacing compresses and sticky bandages. Once the bandage is applied, do not forget to put on the tights and the compression bands. You’re allowed to shower with bare legs, removing all bandages. When you are washed and well dried, you can redo your dressings yourself if you feel competent or ask a home nurse to help you. In this case, you will have to contact a nurse (internet, list in the neighborhood pharmacy) before the operation in order to organize a regular visit to your home for treatment.
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