How to Remove OpSite

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After treating your wound, your doctor may recommend a certain type of dressing to help prevent an infection. There are many brands available, such as the OpSite Post-Op Visible from Smith & Nephew. The bandage's pad is see-through, allowing you to monitor the wound without removing the dressing every time. If drainage from the wound covers about 1/3 or more of the pad, it's time to remove the OpSite bandage and replace it. Otherwise, follow your doctor's instructions regarding how often to change the dressing.

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    Grasp one corner of the dressing with your thumb and forefinger and lift it up slightly.

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    Pull the corner slightly away from the pad to loosen it.

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    Release the corner of the dressing.

  4. 4

    Repeat this procedure with the other three corners of the dressing.

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    Lift up the entire dressing when all corners are loosened and discard it.

Tips and warnings

  • You may shower with this dressing on your skin; it is waterproof. (reference 2)
  • After removing the OpSite dressing, cleanse the wound site with antibacterial soap or in accordance with your doctor's directions.
  • If you notice abnormal discharge, swelling or redness, contact your doctor. These symptoms could indicate an infection.

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