Caring for the wound
We'll dress your wound before you leave the clinic, and you should keep the dressing clean and dry, leaving it on for the first 48 hours.
Wearing tight fitting, supportive cotton briefs will provide support, can reduce pain and swelling, and will be more comfortable.
You can minimise the risk of infection by making sure you wash your hands before and after touching the wound. There are symptoms you will notice if you have developed an infection. If you notice any of these symptoms you should contact your GP, and let us know.
Signs of infection:
- If the area becomes very painful, red, swollen, or tender.
- The wound has coloured discharge, which may or may not smell.
- If you have a raised temperature.
- If you feel generally unwell.
After 48 hours, have a brief bath or shower to help remove the dressing. Dry the area thoroughly with a clean towel and put on the clean dressing given to you at your appointment.