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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 dressing will be removed on postoperative day no.2. If the wound is dry and it doesn’t leak, you are allowed to shower.

It is, however, important to avoid soaking the incision area, so the bathtub and the swimming pool should not be used in the first days following your surgery. You will be able to resume bathing and swimming after the sutures are removed.

It’s also recommended to use a different sling just for showering.

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