Post Operative Instructions

1. The dressing with which you leave the clinic reinforces the healing wound in place.

2. You will be advised how long to leave the dressing in place after the procedure. The dressing must be left in place for the full amount of time specified.

3. Cover the dressing with waterproof material for showering. Patients may use a condom for this purpose.

4. The dressing may cause the urine stream to spray. Use a clean tissue paper or cloth to dry the dressing area.

5. To remove the dressing as advised, first sit in the bath tub to saturate it with water and then unwrap it.

6. If you have sutures, the sutures will break down and dissolve under the skin line and fall off. You can gently pull on the knots of the sutures with tweezers, and when they have dissolved, the sutures will pull out easily and painlessly. If it hurts when pulling on them, then stop and wait a few more days before trying again. Soaking in the bathtub and keeping the suture line lubricated will help the suture material dissolve more quickly. Some sutures will not be ready to come out until three or four weeks after the surgery.

7. Do not expect the wound to have a good cosmetic appearance when the dressing is removed. Be patient and it will improve over time as the healing tissue matures. The wound will improve dramatically over 8-12 weeks.

8.Sexual activity may be resumed after 4-6 weeks.

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