Common Health Question
It depends on the type of surgery you've had, but you shouldn't go swimming until:
Generally, after your stitches have been removed or have dissolved and your wound has fully healed, you should be able to swim in the sea or a swimming pool. Once a wound has healed, the risk of infection decreases.
Stitches can usually be removed within 7 to 10 days of surgery, although it depends on the type of wound. Absorbable stitches can take longer to dissolve.
You should avoid swimming for longer if you have another condition that increases your risk of infection or delays healing. You shouldn't swim if you have open wounds.
You should also avoid swimming if you're wearing a plaster cast or you have an external fixation device, until your surgeon advises that it's safe to do so.
Depending on the type of surgery, you may need to avoid swimming for some time, even after your wound has healed.
Below are some examples, but you should always check with the healthcare professionals treating you before swimming.