In the operating theatre at the end of your shoulder replacement surgery for either an anatomic or a reverse shoulder replacement, we place two dressings over your skin incision. The first dressing is a prineo dressing that is placed directly onto the incision. Over the prineo dressing, we place a second dressing which is usually a honeycomb dressing. The two dressings are positioned separately so that the top, honeycomb dressing, can be removed without disturbing the prineo dressing underneath.
After your surgery at approximately 7 days after the operation, I suggest that you remove the top, honeycomb, dressing. The prineo dressing can be left in place until it starts to fall off, at which time it can be removed.Both dressings are waterproof. You can shower with the honeycomb dressing in place, and once it is removed, you can shower with the prineo dressing in place. It is okay for both of the dressings to be wet in the shower.