A surgical wound is typically closed with stitches, staples, butterfly tape, or medical glue. Stitches look like thread or fishing line; do not remove them. Your doctor or nurse will do this. Staples are metal clips that need to be removed by a doctor or nurse. Glue may be used to seal your wound. The glue will come off on its own. Butterfly tape, or Steri-Strips, may be used to hold your wound closed, let these fall off on their own.
- Change the outer bandage at least twice a day, or when it is dirty or wet.
- Do not soak the wound by taking a bath or going swimming, but you can take a shower.