Unless there is any complication, don’t renew the dressing of the surgical site in the first 48 hours after surgery.

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The dressing of the surgical wound is always source of debate for what concerns: methods, materials and frequency of renewal.Currently, replacing the dressings positioned in the operating room during the first day, i.e. before 24 hours from placement, is routinely. Leaving the dressing in place for 48 hours after surgery is the gold standard to limit infection and complications of the surgical site and to promote the natural tissue regeneration.


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