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Your knee replacement surgery incision will be closed with a suture that is beneath the skin and covered with steri-strips. Some surgeons use staples. It will be wrapped in a bulky dressing. You may have an ice pack put over it to reduce swelling. You may also have a drain to remove fluids from your incision. While you're in the hospital, a nurse will check your incision every day.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.