The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: Megalo on December 25, 2005, 06:47:04 AM

Title: Remove all bandages?
Post by: Megalo on December 25, 2005, 06:47:04 AM

  I just got my ACL surgery done a few days ago and I was told to remove all my bandages 48 hours after the surgery.  I wasn't sure if I should remove the white tape like things across my stitches, but I did, figuring that they would need to be cleaned too.  I read on a site today that I should leave those tape type things on.  I just wanted to know if that was a problem, I'm guessing its a minor thing, but I'm kind of paranoid. 

Title: Re: Remove all bandages?
Post by: Ferris on December 25, 2005, 11:19:35 AM
I had my bandages removed by the nurse the day after my ACL surgery before I was discharged but she left the steri-strips on and the dressing over the graft site so that any scabs wouldn't be disturbed.  However, if you have taken yours off it is probably ok.  If you are worried send somebody out to a chemist/drugstore to get some new steri-strips and dressings - speak to the chemist about the best choices - maybe get some waterproof dressings at the same time in order to shower (if you are allowed at this stage) as I wouldn't leave your scars/portals open to water at this stage (I wrapped my knee in clingfilm/saren wrap in order to shower even with the dressings as I was told not to get them wet for the first two weeks).  If you are worried then ring either your GP, nurse or OS to put your mind at rest.  If your wounds are not bleeding (there may be a slight spotting but nothing more) then you should be fine - just be careful and keep a close eye on your knee.  My steri-strips dressings fell off just after the first week but I could see that the wounds were dry and healing before then.

Title: Re: Remove all bandages?
Post by: Leentje on December 25, 2005, 02:55:15 PM
If they used stitches or staples you can remove the steristripes but it's safer to leave a little bandage like a Hansaplast on. That way you're stitches stay clean! If there are no stitches or staples then you should call your GP or a nurse to put them back on! Otherwise you can rip open your portal wounds. Or use Opsite spray or something alike, it puts a film over your holes and is like a little Hansaplast.

Title: Re: Remove all bandages?
Post by: Megalo on December 26, 2005, 08:51:48 AM
Thanks for the replies.  The first time i showered actuallly, I left the little strips on.  I can see nice scabs forming over my inch and a half long incision, should I shower while covering the site up (saran wrap, waterproof dressings)?  Also, Is it ok to use alcohol pads to clean the portals?

Thanks again
Title: Re: Remove all bandages?
Post by: sparkle999 on December 27, 2005, 02:25:16 PM
I wrapped my knee in cling film and used antiseptic wipes to clean where I couldn't shower.
Title: Re: Remove all bandages?
Post by: kittent1211 on December 31, 2005, 05:36:45 PM
My OS told me to let the steri-strips fall off on their own.