Please read through these instructions and ask your surgeon if you have any questions.

  • Bathe the night before and the morning of surgery.  Bathing will lessen the number of germs on your skin.
  • You may be given a bathing product with chlorhexidine gluconate in it.  Follow the instructions and be sure to use it.
  • Wear a clean set of pajamas.  Sleep on clean sheets.  Wear clean clothes after your morning bath.
  • Wash your hands often.  This helps lessen the amount of germs on your hands that could pass to the surgical site before and after surgery.
  • Never touch your wound or dressings without having washed your hands first with soap and water for 15 seconds.
  • Do you have diabetes?  Try to keep your blood sugars at an average of 170 or lower.  High blood sugars can lessen your body’s natural healing responses.  This could slow wound healing.  Contact your primary care physician if you have questions about medication changes.
  • Do you smoke?   Stop smoking 4 weeks before surgery.  Smoking tightens your blood vessels.  Your surgical wound may not get enough blood flow and prevent oxygen and germ fighting agents from getting to the wound.
  • Are you over weight?  If you are 20-30 pounds overweight you are at a higher risk for surgical site infection.  Talk to your doctor about going on a proper diet and exercise program before surgery.


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