How soon after surgery can I have a bath/shower?
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You will be able to shower quite soon after having surgery - within 12 to 24 hours. 

Surgeons generally encourage against taking a bath for the first several weeks.

It can be helpful to make sure you have a non-slip bath mat at home and to have some help (if possible) getting in and out of the shower initially. 

Try to avoid heavily scented products, which may aggravate any sensitive wounds. 

Tip from patient: "When drying yourself, be mindful to not rub any areas where you have external stitches as this can ‘pull’ on them which can lead to discomfort. Instead, gently dab the area or leave it to air dry".

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