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How do I care for my incision after abdominal surgery?

If you’ve had an abdominal surgery, your incision will take longer to heal than the smaller incisions from a laparoscopic surgery. But basic care for the incisions is the same. Here’s what to do:

You may take a shower after the first 48 hours, but do not soak in a bath, hot tub, or swimming pool. Wait until your incision is well healed (and any tape covering the incision has fallen off). It’s okay to sit in a few inches of warm water -- just don’t let the water reach your incision, and don’t put soap or shampoo in the water.

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