Recommendations AFTER a knee surgery
The bandage placed on the surgical wounds might become humid or slightly dampen with blood. It can be normal because some physiological fluids are generated during surgery and the following days. However, in case you observe that the bandage become really wet of these fluids and blood, you must go to the emergency department.
In case you were operated on with an arthroscopic technique, you can have a shower as soon as after 5 days from surgery. Then, you must dry the wound and apply an iodine solution with a sterile compress fixed with a medical tape.
In case of a longer surgical incision, it does not have to get wet directly under a shower for the first 7 to 10 days, and must be protected with a waterproof plastic bag. In case the wound get wet accidentally, please take out the bandage, dry the surgical wound with a sterile compress and finally cover it with another sterile gauze dampen with iodine solution. Then fix it with a medical tape.