How to care for the congenital cardiac surgical wound?

During your discharge, you will be taught how to take proper care of your surgical wound.

You will be given precise training on the care of surgical incision site before you go home. Here are some important instructions you will need to follow during the postoperative period after congenital heart defect surgery:

  • During the first week after surgery, usually, a sponge bath needs to be taken
  • Clean the incision site every day with water and a mild soap
  • Avoid application of oils, cosmetics such as perfumes, lotions, and creams
  • Once bathing is resumed, the incision site should not be soaked in water for a prolonged period of time because it can increase the risk of infection. Use of bathtub as well as the swimming pool should be avoided for some time.
  • Keep the incision site dry and protect it from moisture or any irritation
  • Keep a watch on signs of infection such as redness, swelling, fever, pain, drainage of pus from the wound, or warmth
  • Once the bandage falls off, it is important to protect the scar from exposure to direct sunlight as long as its color is pink.
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