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How long do you leave those Steri Strips? after Surgery?
Posted by: Microman
Date: July 05, 2011 07:38AM
Wife had a Thorascopic surgery, and there are 3 holes covered by 4x4's and then these Steri Strips, or those STRONG Small Bandaids that hold things together.

How long should those be left on, after arriving home.

4x4's long gone.

Will be talking with dr's today... Just getting a general idea if it's safe to take them off, or should just let them come loose.
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Re: How long do you leave those Steri Strips? after Surgery?
Posted by: dad@home
Date: July 05, 2011 07:59AM
As long as possible..... until they fall off on their own.

They are used to hold the skin edges together until the repair/hole can make a strong bond. If you take them off early the wound edges could pull apart and increase the size of scar. It's mostly a cosmetic thing.


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Re: How long do you leave those Steri Strips? after Surgery?
Posted by: mrthuse
Date: July 05, 2011 08:07AM
What dad@home said...

Leave 'em alone and ask the doc. They should fall off by themselves when the healing's almost complete. Good luck.
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Re: How long do you leave those Steri Strips? after Surgery?
Posted by: rgG
Date: July 05, 2011 08:16AM
Third vote for letting them come off on their own. My mother-in-law had those on a wound, and she said the doctor had told her to leave them on till they come off on their own.





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Re: How long do you leave those Steri Strips? after Surgery?
Posted by: Black
Date: July 05, 2011 08:21AM
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dad@home
As long as possible..... until they fall off on their own.

They are used to hold the skin edges together until the repair/hole can make a strong bond. If you take them off early the wound edges could pull apart and increase the size of scar. It's mostly a cosmetic thing.


dad

Partially agree. You want to leave them on and let them fall off by themself.
Holding skin edges together does not necessarily make for a better scar though-- the main purpose is to protect the wound from contamination until there's a solid wound bed.




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Re: How long do you leave those Steri Strips? after Surgery?
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: July 05, 2011 08:48AM
Did they nail the 4x4s on?
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Re: How long do you leave those Steri Strips? after Surgery?
Posted by: Spiff
Date: July 05, 2011 09:31AM
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Lux Interior
Did they nail the 4x4s on?

If they knew what they were doing, they would have used screws for the 4x4. Much more sturdy.grinning smiley



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Re: How long do you leave those Steri Strips? after Surgery?
Posted by: Chakravartin
Date: July 05, 2011 11:14AM
Ask the surgeon or a surgical resident who was involved in the surgery.

I was given the wrong instructions by the doctor who checked me out of the hospital. As a result, I left my bandages and strips on for longer than necessary and then re-bandaged the wounds when I should have left them uncovered. I don't know that it made a difference ultimately, but it could have made the scars worse.

I didn't find this out until I had a follow-up appointment with the surgeon two weeks after surgery.
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Re: How long do you leave those Steri Strips? after Surgery?
Posted by: wowzer
Date: July 05, 2011 12:01PM
Holding wounds closer means less scarring. The purpose of steristrips is to avoid skin maceration....and they are cosmetically better.

Otherwise, I've also told patients to leave them on until they fall off by themselves.




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dad@home
As long as possible..... until they fall off on their own.

They are used to hold the skin edges together until the repair/hole can make a strong bond. If you take them off early the wound edges could pull apart and increase the size of scar. It's mostly a cosmetic thing.


dad

Partially agree. You want to leave them on and let them fall off by themself.
Holding skin edges together does not necessarily make for a better scar though-- the main purpose is to protect the wound from contamination until there's a solid wound bed.



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Re: How long do you leave those Steri Strips? after Surgery?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 05, 2011 02:22PM
.......I ripped them off as soon as I got home.....and it felt good.....!!!



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Re: How long do you leave those Steri Strips? after Surgery?
Posted by: Microman
Date: July 10, 2011 08:34AM
Took them off with DR visit a week later.

Now home two days later, and she has itching.

Benedryl took care of that
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