How to Shower After Hernia Repair

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How to Shower After Hernia Repair
After hernia surgery, it's important to keep your stitches dry when showering. (Shower image by Semfamily from

The University of Wisconsin recommends keeping your stitches dry for 24 to 48 hours after hernia surgery. Yet, you may want to shower before then because of personal comfort issues. While you don't want water to come into direct contact with your stitches, you don't have to refrain from showering. Instead, you can protect the area and shower without getting the stitches wet.

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Things you need

  • Sealing cling film

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  1. 1

    Cover the dressing and stitches with sealing cling film. Use the kind that clings so it will stay in place.

  2. 2

    Shower, but don't let direct shower spray hit the sealing cling film.

  3. 3

    Dry off and remove the sealing cling film from the area.

Tips and warnings

  • After 48 hours, you can usually remove your dressing and allow water to come in contact with the stitches and pat dry gently afterward. Check with your doctor first.
  • Ask your doctor about waterproof dressings.
  • Sponge baths are also an option.

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