Review backs safety of washing before suture removal

08/28/2013 | Healio

An analysis of data involving 2,150 foot and ankle surgery patients found that bathing before suture removal did not increase the risk of postoperative infection or other wound complications. "The results of these studies showed that no basis exists for recommending that a patient avoid showering or bathing a surgical incision site as part of their normal daily hygiene during the healing process," said researcher Dr. Paul Dayton. The findings appear in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

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