In this article, we explore the benefits of bathing after laparoscopic surgery and when is the best time to be doing so. We also provide you with a list of things you should consider before deciding whether or not to bathe after laparoscopic surgery.
There's a lot of confusion and misinformation surrounding the issue of bathing after laparoscopic surgery. The truth is you don't have to wait too long if you just had one. Done correctly, soaking in a hot tub could even hasten your recovery. This is good news if you're planning to have one in your home after a laparoscopic surgery or can't wait to soak in your hot tub after having surgery.
What Is Laparoscopic Surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery is usually performed to remove fibroids, polyps, cysts, and other benign tumors and as a less invasive alternative to appendectomy (appendicitis removal) and hernia surgery. Unlike traditional open surgery, laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure where narrow tubes are inserted through a small incision of less than 1 centimeter. It is considered to be one of the safest procedures available today.
The wound usually heals within 24-48 hours. The doctor may advise you to refrain from showering or bathing until the wound is completely closed or the skin tapes have fallen off on their own. You can do sponge baths instead to keep you clean for the time being.
Key Takeaways: Incisions from laparoscopic surgery are minimally invasive and heal quickly within 24-48 hours.
What Are the Risks of Bathing After Laparoscopic Surgery?
Bathing within 24-48 hours after your laparoscopic surgery may soften or open your incision line and run the risk of infection. Luckily you don't have to wait an eternity to get your first shower or bath after your laparoscopic surgery since we're not dealing with long incisions as with most traditional open surgeries. For traditional surgeries, you'd have to wait for about two weeks.
Key Takeaways: Open or partially healed incisions pose a risk after laparoscopic surgery. Avoid hot tubs and showers under these conditions.
Why Should You Bathe After Laparoscopic Surgery?
Bathing in a hot tub after laparoscopic surgery works fine, but only after the incision has visibly healed or the skin tape has already come off. Again, this would take around 24-48 hours. You won't be worried about softening or opening your incision line by then. If in doubt, don't hesitate to talk with your physician. There's no harm in forgoing a hot tub bath a day or two.
Soaking in a hot tub calms your nerves, relaxes your body, and boosts blood circulation, which aids in growing new cells. As a result, you'll recover faster bathing in a hot tub than just waiting it out. It also relieves the soreness from laparoscopic surgery, which is an added bonus.
Key Takeaways: Hot tub baths are completely fine and even recommended after laparoscopic surgery as long as the incision sites are healed.
What to Consider Before Deciding Whether or Not to Bathe After Laparoscopic Surgery
You've probably heard about the benefits of bathing after laparoscopic surgery but don't know when or how. Here's a list of things you should consider before bathing or showering after laparoscopic surgery.
- Make sure the skin is fully healed. There shouldn't be any redness or bleeding on the incision site. Bathing in a hot tub is completely safe after wounds from incision sites are visibly healed.
- Check for signs of infection. This includes pain, swelling, or tenderness on the site of the wound. Refrain from bathing in a hot tub to avoid aggravating the situation.
- If you've undergone a laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair, ensure the incisions are completely healed. Avoid abrupt, sudden movements or physical exertion as this may break, tear, or dislodge the surgical mesh. If standing up from the hot tub causes you to do so, it's best to forgo hot tubs until your physician gives the all-clear.
Key Takeaways: Always watch for any signs of impartial healing or infection before bathing. In case of hernia surgery, avoid bathing in hot tubs if it causes you to exert too much effort.
In conclusion, always consult your surgeon before making decisions about your recovery. Also, try to keep up with your daily routine as much as possible. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Contact your doctor immediately if you feel pain or discomfort after your laparoscopic surgery.