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. Don't soak the incisions or keep them in water as in a bathtub.
To help prevent infection, don't use any lotions or creams near the incisions unless your healthcare provider tells you to do so.
You can trim off the loose edges of any tape covering the incisions. But don't remove the strips.