Aftercare Instructions

Most patients can shower when they return home. Wash your incisions daily with soap and water and gently dry. There is no need to scrub the area of the incisions. The site where the JP drain was removed may leak for a few days but will spontaneously seal up on its own. You can continue to change the dressings at that site to keep it clean. You should not submerge your body in water for 2 weeks after surgery. Be prepared to sit down or get assistance if you get dizzy in the shower. To be safe, a family member should be aware that you are in the shower and should be close if the need for help arises.

While you have a catheter in place, you can either hang the collection bag over the edge of the shower or disconnect the catheter from the collection bag and let the urine flow into the shower drain.