Day two—the day after:
This is a difficult day as the soreness is apparent. The pain medication will be important in ensuring that you remain comfortable. You will need assistance to get up from the chair to stand up, but generally speaking, you will be able to move independently. Moving around the home is recommended to prevent any problems. The drains will need to be emptied out every four to six hours.
Some people feel better if they shower, others prefer to take sponge baths and keep the dressings on. Either one is acceptable. Should you decide to shower, the drains are tied around a piece of rope so that your hands are free. Running water with you facing away from the shower is acceptable. Bathing or any submerging in water is not yet acceptable. After the shower, you may place new gauze along the incision to protect from the binder. You will still be needing the pain medication.