Q Is it necessary for me to keep my foot dry after surgery until the stitches are removed?
No, most often we let you shower and change your own bandages after your first post-op visit. In the past we recommended patients keep the surgery site dry to avoid risk of infection—even clean water can carry contaminants. According to a recent study in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery involving more than 2,000 patients, however, there wasn’t an increased risk of infection in post-op patients who were allowed to bathe their feet before suture removal.
Surgery patients should still follow all other post-op instructions provided by Drs. Joel Brook and David Northcutt, and keep a careful watch for signs of infection, such as skin that is hot to the touch, pus, oddly-colored discharge, a foul odor, or fever. Improper care following surgery could lead to complications, making your recovery longer and more difficult. Don’t ignore changes or unusual symptoms following surgery. For more information or an appointment, visit the contact page online or call one of the two office locations: (972) 566-7474 to reach the Dallas location; (972) 943-3323 for the Baylor-Plano office.