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Study: Postoperative showering or bathing does not increase infection risk after foot, ankle surgery

from Orthopedics Today

In a systematic review, researchers in this study found no evidence to support avoiding bathing or showering after foot or ankle surgery but before suture removal. "The results of these studies showed that no basis exists for recommending that a patient avoid showering or bathing a surgical incision site as part of their normal daily hygiene during the healing process,” Paul Dayton, DPM, MS, FACFAS, and colleagues wrote in the study. “This might be useful in the development of future prospective cohort studies and randomized controlled trials that focus on surgical wound healing.” more


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