Once the wound has been treated and bandaged, prop up the injured area on a pillow each time you sit or lie down.
Keep it at a level above the heart. This is recommended to be done over the course of THREE days. Remember to leave the bandage on and avoid getting the stitches (if any) wet at least for the first 24 to 48 hours. Please cover the treated area with a plastic bag when showering.
The bandage can be removed after 1 or 2 days - depending on the doctor’s advice. This is to facilitate the cleaning of the wound, to be done gently with clean water TWO times a day. DO NOT scrub or soak the treated area, and use warm water to loosen the bandage should it stick to the wound. Avoid swimming.
Before bandaging the area after a wash, a thin layer of petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, may be applied. Repeat this method with every wash.