Post op drain

Am I able to shower with a post op drain in? Do i need to keep the site of insertion dry? If so how should I do it?
Thank you.

Hello hotcrossbunlover

Thanks for your post asking if you can shower after surgery with a post op drain in and if the insertion site needs to be kept dry.

You can usually bathe or shower normally after surgery as long as you have a waterproof dressing covering the wound and the insertion site of the drain. Our booklet Your operation and recovery has further information on looking after your drains.

We would always suggest speaking to your breast care nurse or treatment team for advice on how to look after your post op drain as this may vary from hospital to hospital.

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