on average how long does it take for wound to heal. I'm 3 wks post surgery and strips remain
After three weeks it had better be well on its way. It should be completely closed (for a couple of weeks). The steri-strips may not fall off on their own. The usually do after a week or so but may not. Call your cardiologist's nurse and ask how to remove the rest of it.
Like you, my Steri-strips didn't come off all the way. Some peeled back on their own, and others hung on.
My EP said warm water and mild soap should help them come off. I'm sure that if I showered daily, they'd have come off sooner.
After three weeks, I went to the sink, got warm water, put some mild shampoo on the strips, and 'helped' them to peel away. This was easy.
It worked for me.
If you're worried about it, call your surgeon before peeling them off. I didn't and I'm still alive (and my wound was completely healed before I peeled the tape off).
I was told not to shower for only 48hrs, IIRC. After that, not to spray directly on it for a couple of weeks and to pat dry (don't rub). The steri-strips still didn't fall of by the time I had the wound check. Some of the strips were still hanging on, then.
My last ones did not fall off until week 4. Every time I called the office and suggested tugging it off, they told me to leave it alone, that it would come off on its own. It did, but jeez it took forever!
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