After Bypass Surgery: Caring for Your Incision
Your incisions may itch or feel sore, tight, or numb for a few weeks. These are all normal signs of healing. Some bruising around the incisions is also normal.
To care for your incisions:
Wash them gently with warm water and a mild soap.
To help prevent infection, do not use lotions near the incisions.
You can trim off the loose edges of any tape covering the incisions. But, do not remove the strips.