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How should I care for my incision after thyroid surgery?

After thyroid surgery, the incision is covered with a clear plastic coating (collodion), which is waterproof so that you can bathe as usual (but do not submerge the incision for 5 days). Before you are discharged from the hospital, a single suture in the incision will be removed. The coating will peel off on its own within 3-7 days, and a moisturizer can be applied to the wound to improve healing.

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