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Should my stitches be kept dry after surgery?

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
The old myth that stitches should be kept dry arose in the days when silk sutures were used. When surgeons switched from braided silk to single strand nylon material in the 1970s, they should have realized that wounds could now get wet after surgery. But it wasn't until the late Joel Noe, M.D., published a simple but landmark study in 1988 that the instructions changed. Noe showed that there was no difference in the infection rate or quality of the scar if the wounds were allowed to get wet.
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