Hi Dr Rassman
I had a procedure done, it’s now day 8 post surgery, and I get my staples out in 2 days. The donor area is still a little sore but not to bad. It’s mainly when I put pressure or sleep on back of my head, and some of the scabs are coming off now. I would like to get some exercise and go surfing.
Should I wait a little longer? Is it normal to feel a little sore in the donor area 8-10 days later? Is surfing 11 days post-op too strenuous, or could the ocean water cause infection? Of course I would take it easy and certainly wash my hair right after.
Thank you Dr. Rassman for your blog and reply
Since you have staples, I’ll make a wild assumption that you had the strip method surgery, in which case the wound should not be soaked for easily 3-4 weeks after a surgery. If you had a surgery using the follicular unit extraction (FUE) technique, then you could probably go surfing. The wounds are not strong at 10 days, but at about 3-4 weeks, around 70% of the final healing strength will be present. I’d keep waiting.