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Wound Care After Bariatric Surgery

The advent of minimally invasive traditional laparoscopy and robotically assisted bariatric surgery has made wound care much easier for our patients. Just a few decades ago, you would have had a single large incision and all the pain, blood and risk of infection that goes along with it. While there is still a small risk of each of these complications, your incisions are tiny, measuring only about 5 to 10 mm. This reduces the risk of postoperative complications significantly.

Any puncture in the skin, however, has a risk of infection. This is particularly true if you have a compromised immune system or if you are in somewhat poor general health. As a result, it is critical that you follow the wound care procedures outlined in your postoperative packet. Just some of the important principles to remember include:

As you can see, wound care revolves around common sense, but with the excitement and lifestyle changes associated with bariatric surgery, we can sometimes forget. Of course, you should always be on the lookout for the signs of complications after your procedure, move ahead by reading about when to call us if you see the signs of a complication.

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