Frequently Asked Questions

There is blood on my bandage.


Most patients get some blood on the bandage after a parathyroid operation. This is normal.  Ignore it . About half of patients will notice that the ice-pack we provide you to put on the wound gets some blood on it. This is common and is perfectly fine. Sometimes blood will seep out from the edge of the wound and get blood on your shirt or pillow case. This is not a problem and should not cause concern. There is no worry about a few blood spots on your bandage, or on the ice pack. There is no worry about any blood that could drip from the edge of the wound. These tiny drops of blood are fine and will stop within a few hours. Not a big deal at all. You can take a shower the morning after surgery and get the bandage wet. The water flowing over bandage will clean it all up. Yes, it is OK to get soap on the bandage the morning after surgery.

Tiny amount of blood on the steri-strip. This is normal and even if there is more than this, it will be perfectly fine.


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