Can I shower right after shoulder/elbow surgery?
You can shower right after the surgery if your dressings are waterproof and your incision site will not get wet. If your dressings are not waterproof, you should avoid soaking them in water.
After shoulder/elbow surgery, you will have a dressing over the incision area. This bandage will be removed on the second postoperative day. If the wound is dry and it does not leak, you are allowed to shower.
In the first days following your surgery, it is crucial to avoid:
It is also recommended to use a different sling just for showering.
Shower indications after shoulder/elbow surgery
You should not get in a bathtub or pool and immerse the incisions underwater until receiving your doctor’s confirmation, but you are allowed to take showers.
When showering after shoulder/elbow surgery, make sure to:
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