The preferred wound closure system is the Dermabond Prineo skin closure tape. With this system you will have sutures underneath the skin which will absorb with time. On top of these sutures, a clear piece of tape is placed. This tape creates a barrier between the incision and outside bacteria. Use of this tape allows you to begin showering normally within 24 hours of your procedure. You are not able to soak the area in a body of water. Additionally, you have no wound care with this system. You may remove the outer dressings 24 hours after surgery but should not have to perform dressing changes or clean the incision with special solutions. The tape will stay in place for about 14 days.
DERMABOND® PRINEO® Skin Closure Tape | Ethicon (jnjmedtech.com)
You will be up, walking, performing specific exercises, and climbing stairs the same day of your procedure, however it can take roughly 6-12 months for your strength, and range of motion to return. Additionally, it can be normal to have pain, stiffness, or soreness for the first year after surgery. These symptoms will improve over time throughout your recovery.
If you are having a medical emergency such as chest pain or shortness of breath, call 911. Contact our office immediately if you are having any abnormal signs or symptoms listed above. Many abnormal symptoms can be managed in the office so that you do not have to go to an ER or urgent care following surgery. Returning to our office ensures that you are receiving appropriate care for any of the abnormal symptoms listed above.